Tony Bellew has challenged Tyson Fury to another Battle of Britain and vowed: “I will knock you out.”
Bellew targeted Fury after smashing up former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye inside five rounds at The O2 on Saturday.
Former unified heavyweight king Fury makes his comeback, after two-and-a-half years out of the ring, on June 9 and Bellew wants to face him before he recaptures the form which saw him dethrone Wladimir Klitschko.
“I’d love Tyson Fury,” he declared. “I’d love to knock Tyson Fury out. I know people think I’m crazy, but I know I can do it.
“Not in three or four fights — if he gets on that Dusseldorf form [the night he beat Klitschko], I don’t fancy the night that could incur for me!
“Timing is everything in boxing and styles do makes fights. Tyson is not a big puncher like Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua or David Haye, but he has a certain set of skills. It’s a fight I like.”
Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims Fury agreed to the fight before signing with new promoter Frank Warren.
“I’ve said to Tony, ‘He ain’t going to fight you’ and when you see who Tyson Fury will come back against, he won’t go anywhere near Tony,” he said. “But, in time, it would be a big fight.”
Bellew would also like Andre Ward at cruiserweight in Britain, or the winner of that division’s World Boxing Super Series final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev.
“I do feel the Ward fight is a really interesting fight,” said Hearn.
“We could do it at The O2, or Goodison Park again. Last time we had 18,000 at Goodison. We’d probably have 55,000 this time.”Read Full Story