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Tony Bellew: Dream of fighting for a heavyweight title is over

The former cruiserweight champion wants nothing to do with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

2017 Boxing Tony Bellew v David Haye Press Conference Oct 4th Photo by John Patrick Fletcher/Action Plus via Getty Images

Tony Bellew says his dream of fighting for a world heavyweight title is now over, but the Liverpudlian is targeting all four cruiserweight titles after his May 5th rematch with David Haye.

The former WBC world cruiserweight champion moved up to heavyweight and stopped Haye in March 2017.

By this summer, the cruiserweight division will have a unified champion as the victor of the World Boxing Super Series will hold all four belts.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live’s boxing podcast, Bellew said:

“Whoever comes through the cruiserweights, I will face for all those belts.”

“My plan was to beat Haye and go for Joseph Parker, who I believed I could beat.

“Now I have to look past fighting the heavyweight champion of the world now, the dream isn’t going to come true.

”I believe Joshua will defeat Parker and I’m not touching the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, no chance in this world. He’s huge and I’m not going anywhere near Joshua. These modern-day heavyweights are just too big.”

Bellew, 35, believes his wait for Haye to recover from a bicep injury which delayed their December rematch has thwarted his shot at WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, who faces WBA and IBF title holder Anthony Joshua on 31 March.

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