Tony Bellew vows to overcome Isaac Chilemba this weekend
Tony Bellew has vowed to overcome Isaac Chilemba this weekend and land himself a shot at the WBC title.
Last Updated: 23/05/13 7:19am
Bellew faces a re-match with Chilemba on the Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler undercard at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Their WBC light heavyweight final eliminator in Liverpool in March was declared a draw but Saturday's winner is in line for a title clash with either Chad Dawson or Adonis Stevenson.
Bellew has promised an improved performance and is adamant he will not let his fans down this time round.
"I wanted the re-match straight away and he basically had nowhere to go," said Bellew.
"Ideally we match up very well and we match up to make a really, really great fight but you can't force a guy to fight in that ring.
"To make a great fight happen it takes two to tango and it takes two guys who really want to have a fight. I am willing to play my part in it, it is whether he is willing to play his part.
"The real big difference on the night will be in my output and this time I am not going to stop after seven rounds, that is the top and bottom of it. I am not going to fall apart halfway through the fight.
"I didn't perform last time, it is as simple as that. I did not perform to anywhere near the best of my ability or my potential and I was very disappointed in myself.
"While I still think I won, and he knows I won deep down, I still didn't perform well enough and I am paying for that by having this rematch."
Dawson defends his WBC light heavyweight title against Stevenson in Montreal on June 8 and Bellew believes the champion will retain his title.
"I think Dawson is too clever for Stevenson," said Bellew. "But Stevenson has an equaliser in that right hand; he can really, really punch.