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Coldwell: Tony Bellew ‘definitely wants to fight again’

Tony Bellew’s trainer says the fire and skills are still there for the fighter.

David Haye v Tony Bellew Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

There has been some talk of Tony Bellew retiring after his two wins over David Haye, but trainer David Coldwell doesn’t expect that to happen, saying Bellew “definitely wants to fight again,” and is still improving in the gym.

While Coldwell would be happy to see the 35-year-old fighter hang up the gloves and go out on a high note, he accepts that Bellew still has the fire to fight.

“I understand that he wants to carry on. I understand that. As long as it’s a fight that’s going to get the fire burning in his belly, make him want to come to the gym, make him work as hard as he always works hard. As long as it’s a fight like that, I get that. I’m happy for him to do so.

“We spoke the other day, and he did say that if that fight had been that hard where it dims and maybe put out the fire, but he says instead it made the flames burn even brighter. He definitely wants to fight again, whether it’s Ward, whether it’s Fury, I don’t know.”

Andre Ward and Tyson Fury, as Coldwell mentions, have been the biggest names attached to a potential Bellew fight. Ward is currently in retirement, but the buzz from day one of that announcement has been that he’d probably wind up fighting again, as often happens. That fight could be at cruiserweight or a catchweight between 175 and 200.

As for Fury, he’s a pure heavyweight, and a big one, and he returns on June 9 after two and a half years out of the ring.

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