Hearn Hopes For Bellew-Fury in 2018
Promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping for a heavyweight showdown between former world champion Tony Bellew and Tyson Fury in the coming year.
Hearn has been speaking with both fighters about a potential deal and it seems that there is interest on both sides.
Bellew was originally set for a rematch with David Haye in December, but Haye withdrew with a bicep injury.
While a Haye rematch is being rescheduled for next March or May – there is guarantee the fight will actual happen.
Hearn is very interested in working with Fury, who the promoter claims is a free agent.
Fury last fought in November of 2015, when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko. Fury would have to abdicated the championships he earned in the Klitschko fight due to the state of his mental health.
Fury is in the midst of training for a planned return in 2018, aiming to reclaim his license to box in the next few weeks. He has a hearing scheduled with UK-Anti Doping, who claim the boxer tested positive for a banned substance in early 2015.
Bellew feels confident that he can beat Fury – and Hearn believes his boxer has chance of pulling it off as well.
“Tony believes he has the style to beat Fury. And Fury is not the puncher that Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua are. When you go up from light-heavyweight to cruiserweight to heavyweight, your big disadvantage is the punch power,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Fury is extremely skilled but he is not a big puncher. I’m not saying he isn’t a puncher. But he isn’t a devastating one-punch knockout artist, like the others. So Tony believes he can beat him.”
According to Hearn, Haye appears to be very eager to reschedule the rematch and get revenge on Bellew for the March TKO defeat.
“Haye is extremely driven to make the [Bellew rematch],” Hearn said.
“He has a clear mind, he is an athlete, and he will do everything he can to be 100 percent ready for Bellew.”