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Time for bad mouthing to stop and boxing to begin for Bellew and Haye in their heavyweight showdown

This weekend Liverpool's Tony Bellew faces rival David Haye in a heavyweight showdown at the O2 Arena in London.

The two fighters have been bad mouthing each other outside of the ring for years. On Saturday night they will settle things once and for all inside it.

No belt or world title is on the line when they meet. However, much more is at stake in this grudge match, as this is personal.

David Chisnall has been speaking to both boxers ahead of the bout.

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Liverpool primary school rewarded for diversity & equality

Tony Bellew was on hand to lend his support to the children today Credit: ITV Granada

The sister of murdered teenager Anthony Walker has presented a Liverpool school with an award for its diversity and equality.

Dominique Walker joined boxer and former pupil Tony Bellew to give the special charter to children at Lawrence Community Primary.

The school encourages youngsters to treat others with respect.

Bellew bounces back at cruiserweight

Bellew finishes strongly. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tony Bellew overcame a scare to claim a 12th-round knockout victory over the durable Valery Brudov on his cruiserweight debut.

Topping the bill in his hometown, 'Bomber' Bellew, fighting for the first time since being stopped by WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson last year, was given a stern test of his credentials by his rugged Russian opponent.

The Merseysider started well and a one-two dropped Brudov on to the seat of his pants in the second round and the 37-year-old veteran was arguably saved by the bell after being dropped by Bellew again in the closing stages of the sixth.

Brudov hits the canvas. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The fight is over. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Bellew celebrates. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Brudov, who had won 41 of his previous 45 contests before Saturday night, shrugged off any cobwebs and a heavy right hand left Bellew reeling in the seventh, with the 31-year-old barely surviving the round.

Bellew appeared more cautious from that moment on, boxing behind his jab, content to merely win the rounds.

Brudov had to go for broke in the final round, but his brave challenge finally came to an end when he left himself wide open to a left hook from Bellew, who watched on as his dazed opponent was counted out.

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