WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has admitted the bad blood between him and American challenger BJ Flores runs so deep it could ignite prior to their October 15 contest.
Bellew faces Flores on October 15 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool in the first defence of his green and gold belt having dispatched of number one contender Ilunga Makabu in spectacular fashion to claim the title.
The 33 year-old ‘Bomber’ is just weeks away from putting his crown on the line against veteran Flores, 37, and has advised the boxer/analyst against riling him up anymore before they come face-to-face.
“I believe he will be training with Shane McGuigan and the David Haye camp, and the one thing about fighting Flores is we could well have fireworks before the fight even begins,” warned Bellew.
“He needs to tone it down and realise that I am giving him this opportunity and he is giving me nothing.
“He can do what he does and say what he wants, we’ll see. Come fight night he is going to be in for a rude awakening,” he added.
A win for Bellew would set the Liverpudlian up for a mandatory bout against rugged Latvian Mairis Breidis (who appears on the undercard) unless a unification deal can be agreed with one of the other rulers, whilst there’s also the chance of a potential heavyweight move up to face Flores’ training partner Haye himself.