While Tony Bellew continues to hold WBC cruiserweight ‘emeritus’ status, his big win over David Haye is opening up a lot of doors for big fights at the heavyweight division, even as Bellew is uncertain where he’ll campaign going forward.
Bellew and Deontay Wilder were recently spotted exchanging words, and promoter Lou DiBella says that Bellew would be an “interesting” fight for Wilder. Bellew tells RingTV that’s an understatement.
“I’m a bit more than just interesting,” countered Bellew when interviewed by RingTV.com. “I’m 1-0 as a heavyweight and Wilder is 38-0. I have a better win on my heavyweight resume after one fight than he’s had after 38 fights. I’m not blowing smoke, that is just fact.
“Take away Bermane Stiverne and (Wilder) has fought absolutely nobody. He has one of the most padded records of any heavyweight I’ve ever seen.”
Bellew continues by saying that he’s just started punching again after taking off some time to recover from a broken right hand suffered in the Haye fight. He acknowledges that Deontay Wilder is an option on the table and says that Joseph Parker’s team has also reached out to him about a potential fight.
Wilder, though, prodded Bellew on social media with a friendly reminder of what he’s capable of...
Despite the troll, Bellew says he won’t commit to either potential fight at this moment and says he’ll continue to weigh his options before making a decision. He expects that he could fight once or twice more before the end of the year.