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Bellew will not be 'complacent' against Stevenson

PRIZE FIGHTER: Tony Bellew (PA)

TONY BELLEW vows to show Adonis Stevenson "the respect he deserves" when he challenges the Canadian for his world light-heavyweight title.

The Liverpudlian will face Stevenson on November 30, if the 35-year-old champion defeats Tavoris Cloud in September.

Stevenson won the prestigious WBC belt after knocking out Chad Dawson within the first minute of the fight in June, and Bellew says he is confident but will not be complacent.

"It is what it is, he landed a freaky punch (against Dawson) and that's the way it goes in this business. But you can be assured that I will show him the respect that he deserves," the 30-year-old told Sky Sports News.

"At the end of the day, I want to beat the man who beat the man, and for me Chad Dawson was the best fighter in the world at 175 pounds.

"He's going in there against a guy that is even bigger than Chad Dawson and somebody who is going to impose their will on him even more than he tried to do."

Bellew added: "When he meets me he's not meeting somebody who's not going to show him any respect, he's meeting somebody who will show him the correct amount of respect, but he's also meeting someone that wants to punish him and who is very hungry and has goals.

"I'm just looking forward to getting to November 30 and becoming world champion."

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