There is no love lost between the pair and Bellew remains unimpressed with the champion’s exploits out of the ring, with Cleverly famously collecting a degree in maths while simultaneously building a career in the ring.
“He has got a big heart and he will come to fight,” said Bellew. “He will not back down; he is unbeaten like me and he is going to fight to the death.
“But that is going to be his downfall ultimately. I have got a better boxing brain than he has.
“I don’t think my brain can touch his when it comes to arithmetic, but when it comes to boxing I have got a very good brain on my shoulders and I think that is going to play a vital role in this fight.
“I’m from the street, we all know that. I’ve come from nothing and I’ve still got nothing, but at the end of the day it’s a fight, and if there is one thing I can do, it’s fight.”
Both fighters made the weight at the first time of asking at Friday’s weigh-in.