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Tony Bellew says he's in talks to face David Haye

Tony Bellew says the rhetoric going back and forth between David Haye and himself is starting to materialize into fight negotiations.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew offered some choice words for David Haye in the immediate aftermath of his title win over Ilunga Mukabu. During his post-fight interview Bellew called for Haye to stop fighting "clowns" and challenged Haye to step into the ring with him, to which Haye took to social media to offer his own response.

In Haye's video he offered to smash Bellew after he takes care of the world's greatest antagonizer in Shannon Briggs, and it looks like a potential fight between the cruiserweight and heavyweight is starting to go somewhere -- at least according to Bellew.

"We are in talks. The two of us are speaking at the moment and we'll see where it goes but I want to fight the 'Haye-faker'," Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.

"I'd say Hayemaker but it's 'Haye-faker' because he's pulled out of that many fights over the last few years. He ran scared - absolutely petrified from Tyson Fury - not once, but twice."

Bellew continued by saying that Haye's last two opponents in Mark De Mori and "Lurch" (Arnold Gjergjaj) were ridiculous since he believes Haye wouldn't even use either of them as sparring partners. Bellew also says he has no issue making a fight with Haye at heavyweight. Bellew reckons that he entered the Mukabu fight over 15 stone (210lbs) so he doesn't believe weight will be an issue, and that if he hits Haye with the same left hook as he did with Mukabu, it'll be another short night.

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