Newly-crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has revealed that negotiations are underway for a massive all-UK clash with David Haye.
‘The Bomber’ won the green belt last Sunday in a stunning knockout of Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park and immediately turned his attention to former undisputed 200 pound king Haye, 35.
An encounter at a catchweight of 210 pounds – which would then be non-title, has been rumoured, although Haye has the obvious option to shift weight for the chance to win another world title.
After a week of baiting each other in the British press and on social media, Bellew says things have become more serious for what would be a potential stadium fight.
“We are in talks. The two of us are speaking at the moment and we’ll see where it goes but I want to fight the ‘Haye-faker’,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I’d say Hayemaker but it’s ‘Haye-faker’ because he’s pulled out of that many fights over the last few years. He ran scared – absolutely petrified from Tyson Fury – not once, but twice.
“He pulls out of that many fights and he then actually goes on to fight clowns to be honest. Mark De Mori and the other guy Lurch (Arnold Gjergjaj) – it was just ridiculous the last two opponents he’s had.
“He wouldn’t use them as sparring partners so I’m happy to fight ‘Haye-faker’ any time, any place, it doesn’t really matter to me.
“I was over 15st when I got in the ring with Ilunga Mukabu so there’s no issue there. Believe you me when I say, if I hit David Haye with the same left hook I hit Ilunga Mukabu with, he will go to sleep exactly the same way.”
Bellew also addressed the passing of three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali as the 33 year-old, like many, idolised the man they called ‘The Greatest’.
“Muhammad Ali means to me what he means to most of the world. He was the most iconic sporting figure that ever lived. He transcended boxing.
“There was only one man like him. There will only ever be one man like him. He’s a true legend, an icon and someone who will be sadly and greatly missed.”