Former cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has ruled out the possibility of a boxing return, claiming multiple fighters have returned to the ring ‘for a few quid’.
The 36-year-old announced his retirement from boxing last November after defeat to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in Manchester.
Usyk claimed the win after a brutal eighth-round knockout, regaining his IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC world cruiserweight titles and finishing Bellew’s 11-year professional career in the process.
Despite Bellew announcing his retirement last year, many have been speculating regarding the Merseysider’s potential return to the ring.
However, talking in his BBC column, Bellew admitted even though he feels he could fight again, he won’t be returning to the ring for one last outing.
I’ll be honest, a few months on from retirement, I do feel like I want to punch something. Could I fight again? Absolutely. Could I ever make it through a training camp? Absolutely not.
Boxing is rich in sob stories of those who came back for a few quid. I will not be one of them.
I’m being asked time and again if I’d come back to fight one guy or another but all the money in the world will not do it because there’s no point in having all that money and maybe sipping my steak through a straw.
Bellew then went on to address the current heavyweight division and heaped praise on fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.
The 36-year-old, who briefly stepped up to heavyweight level with two wins over David Haye, said:
Joshua is offering some of these guys more in one night than they have earned in their whole career and yet they still want to complain. He’s also saying if they win and they rematch, he’d flip the terms.
We know who the number one is. If you believe you can beat him take the pay day and you’ll make even more in the rematch.
Do they really believe they can beat him though? I’m not so sure.