Bellew, Chilemba draw title eliminator

Britain’s Tony Bellew and Malawi’s Isaac Chilemba fought to a

12-round draw in their world light-heavyweight title eliminator

Saturday night.

The boxers were bidding to become the No. 1 challenger for Chad

Dawson’s WBC belt, but the three judges couldn’t split the


Bellew, who lost to WBO champion Nathan Cleverly in 2011 in his

previous shot at a world title, appeared to have done enough in his

home ring despite rarely getting through Chilemba’s resilient

defense and he looked the more disappointed by the decision.

Chilemba started sluggishly but finished the stronger of the two

fighters, although neither went down or was hit with a big


Bellew is 19-1-1 and Chilemba 20-1-2.