After Tony Bellew’s remarkable KO victory over David Haye earlier this month, the Liverpudlian has been quick to target a new opponent – Tyson Fury.
Bellew was quoted saying:
I’d love Tyson Fury.
I’d love to knock Tyson Fury out. I know people think I’m crazy, but I know I can do it.
Many in the boxing community believe this is a fantasy fight, one which is talked about but will never materialise. It’s hard to believe it will ever happen, especially when considering Bellew is at best a light heavyweight (fighting at cruiserweight for the majority of his career).
When put into perspective, Fury’s last fight weigh in saw him at a staggering 17st 8lbs, standing 6ft 9in. This highlights the physical mismatch between the pair.
However, Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes not only that he can make the fight happen but that the 35-year-old can back up the talk and defeat the former lineal world champion. The Matchroom Sport boxing kingpin had this to say:
He is very good, but if Bellew boxed Fury now, he’d beat him.
Speaking to FightHype.com however, Fury chillingly hit back:
I don’t want to fight Tony Bellew.
Reason being, he’s a family man and he’s got a wife and kids. I want him to stay healthy and stay boxing and earn a few quid and go home easy to his family.
But if he steps in the ring with the Gypsy King and I unleash hellfire on him, he’s only a small man and I could damage and hurt him properly.
You ain’t messing with a David Haye who’s 20 years out of date. You’re messing with someone 6ft 9in, 19st, in the prime of me life who can knock a wall down – one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing, but they don’t know it.
If I go in there and hurt him, what good is that? How does that make me feel, knowing he shouldn’t even be in the ring anyway?
And all this ‘he could knock me out’, please. I could let Tony Bellew hit me right here (points to chin) and he wouldn’t hurt me.
Poor old Tony, it’d be like a feather duster, dusting me up and down.
He doesn’t want no part of this, trust me on that.
We await Bellew’s response.