Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has confirmed that he is looking into the possibility of Tony Bellew challenging for a world title at cruiserweight at his beloved Goodison Park in the spring.
Bellew defeated domestic arch-rival Nathan Cleverly last month to avenge defeat in his first world title challenge at 175lbs back in 2011 and is now aiming for the WBO or IBF belts at 200lbs.
WBO champion Marco Huck recently told World Boxing News that he is interested in negotiating with devout Blue Bellew about a fight at the home of Everton FC, although Hearn says IBF holder Yoan Pablo Hernandez is also in the frame.
“I’m currently planning the next move for Tony Bellew after he got his revenge over Nathan Cleverly,” Hearn said in his Daily Mail column. “I’m in talks with both Marco Huck and Yoan Hernandez about cruiserweight world-title fights with Tony.
“The rest of the division know that he sells. The numbers from the weekend were very good and that makes him commercially attractive to all of them.
“At the moment, it looks like his next fight will be for a world title in the spring. We are already in discussions with Huck, the WBO champion from Germany, and I can reveal we are also talking to Hernandez, the Cuban who has the IBF belt.
“We have seen the city of Liverpool get behind Tony and I am in talks about putting on a fight for him at Goodison Park. The question is whether we could get one of the world champions to fight over here.
“From that point of view, Hernandez seems more willing to travel, so we’ll wait and see how it pans out in the next few weeks,” he added.
Cleverly had called for a rubber match between the pair to settle their differences once and for all, but at this point that fight looks dead in the water as Bellew moves on to bigger and better things.