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Tony Bellew negotiating for world title fight, won't go to Germany

Tony Bellew wants a world title shot this year, but he's unwilling to travel. Will he get what he wants?

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Tony Bellew is looking to secure a world title shot for 2015, and says he's negotiating with Marco Huck, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, and Denis Lebedev for potential fights. Bellew, coming off of a win over Nathan Cleverly on November 22, may return to the ring in April.

Bellew (23-2-1, 14 KO) says he prefers a fight with Marco Huck for the excitement. But he also says that he will not fight Huck in Germany:

"I won't entertain him in Germany. You have to get a knockout just to get a draw in Germany to be honest. I have no plans on going to Germany whatsoever. If we are going to fight, it's going to be in London or Goodison Park, that's a dream night that I'm looking at."

Since Huck (38-2-1, 26 KO) has fought outside of Germany just once in his career, when he went to Switzerland in 2007, beating Ismail Abdoul. Hernandez, a Cuban, is also based in Germany, while Lebedev has been fighting in Russia. Of the three, Lebedev might be the easiest to get to come to the United Kingdom, but Bellew seems to be making an awful lot of demands for a challenger who came up short in two previous world title fights at 175 pounds before he moved up.

First up, Bellew will be coming to the United States to shoot some stuff for Creed, the latest Rocky spinoff.

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