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Bellew to battle former IBF champ Miranda

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Tony Bellew will fight for the WBC International light-heavyweight title © PA Photos
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Tony Bellew will walk in world-class company when he takes on Edison Miranda, the two-time IBF super-middleweight champion, at London's Alexandra Palace on September 8.

The bout, for the WBC International light-heavyweight crown, will be Bellew's first since April, when he stopped Danny McIntosh in the fifth round to take the British light-heavyweight strap.

Prior to that, he lost an all-British battle against Nathan Cleverly, the WBO champion, on a majority points decision.

Miranda, the 31-year-old Colombian with a 35-7(30 KOs) record, has shared the ring with the likes of Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Arthur Abraham and Kelly Pavlik. He surrendered the IBF title to Bute in April 2010; since then, he has lost two of four.

"He's a world-class name and the sort of guy I've been looking to fight for some time now," Bellew said.

"When you look at the guys he's fought and the titles he's boxed for, you know you are sharing the ring with someone who is at the top level - and it should be a great fight as he can punch and comes to fight."

On the undercard, former European middleweight champion Darren Barker makes his first appearance since an unsuccessful world-title tilt against Sergio Martinez last October. He meets Italian middleweight champion Simone Rotolo (34-3, 15 KOs) for the IBF Intercontinental middleweight title.

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