Bellew Calls for Parker Title Fight
Tony Bellew shook up boxing’s heavyweight division when he upset David Haye earlier this year. The former cruiserweight immediately became a heavyweight contender, and now he is looking for a title fight rather than a rematch against his British rival.
Haye, who was injured during the contest, has been calling for a rematch to settle the score and prove that he is the superior heavyweight. But he may not get his wish right away: Bellew is leaning towards challenging WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday night, Bellew said that he was planning on returning by the year’s end after dealing with a few nagging injuries of his own. As for his opponent, he knows he has a score to settle with Haye but is more enticed by the opportunity to capture a heavyweight belt.
“It’s him or Parker,” Bellew said. “Wilder is still out there and I’ve put out a tweet to put him straight after that video that I’ve seen him do. It’s between the three of them, it’s definitely between the three of them, without a doubt.
“There is unfinished business with Haye, but in all honesty, I love the thought of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, so my preference will be Parker.”
Parker won the WBO belt in December against Andy Ruiz and made his first defense against Razvan Cojanu last month.