WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has once again goaded David Haye as the Liverpudlian plots a return to action in the autumn.
The 33 year-old announced he will fight again in Liverpool this October following his standout victory over Ilunga Makabu knowing that a clash with Haye is impossible at the moment due to other commitments for the Londoner.
Haye, 35, is set to face Shannon Briggs in the coming months as the former heavyweight world title holder pushes for a shot at one of the big boys and Bellew hopes they can meet at some point in 2017.
“I think he needs me, to be honest. David Haye likes to go on that he’s this and that in the rankings but let’s make one thing clear, David Haye is back to chase the money and him versus me is a big money fight – there’s no two ways about,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.
“It’s either me versus Haye or Haye versus Joshua, simple as that. I just don’t see how he goes in with Anthony Joshua as he’s basically been in with two crabs, two absolute jokes. One guy he even knocked down with a jab.
“Let’s be totally honest about it, the last two guys he fought I could knock the two of them out on the same night in the space of three rounds. It’s embarrassing what he is doing.
“He needs to step up his level of opponents, which to be fair to him, he is doing by the looks of it with Shannon Briggs but as much as I admire Shannon Briggs, he’s old enough to be my granddad so that one needs knocking on the head also – in my opinion.”