After Haye, Bellew Wants Tyson Fury
After capturing the WBC Cruiserweight Championship in October 2016, Tony Bellew stepped up to heavyweight to challenge someone he had been targeting — former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion David Haye. And after a lead-up filled with an all-out verbal war, Bellew scored an 11th round TKO over Haye in upset fashion last March.
A rematch with Haye is booked for May 5 at the O2 Arena in London, England, but Bellew seems to be already looking ahead past said bout. Bellew says that with a win over Haye, he will look to challenge former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko back in November 2015 to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles. After being stripped of the IBF title after agreeing to a rematch with Klitschko, Fury vacated all of his remaining titles in late 2016 after failing a drug test – testing positive for cocaine — and admitting to mental health issues. Fury is looking towards a return to the ring this year, and the British Boxing Board of Control will meet later this month to discuss reinstating the former heavyweight king.
Bellew said he isn’t afraid of Fury’s skills, and he sees Fury as a ticket to a heavyweight championship match.
“It’s not like I’m fighting Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua where speed, power, reach and size is an issue,” Bellew said. “But, I’m happy to deal with Fury’s skills. The reach, the range, the size – it wouldn’t be a problem. One thing is for sure, I want to fight him.”
I want to be his first fight back. It would be a mega, mega fight. First I’ll beat Haye and then fight Fury. Then the fight will be even bigger. I want to finish on something big and heavyweight world title would be huge after beating Haye and Fury.