Tony Bellew’s stablemate David Price is hopeful his good mate can seal the legacy fight he deserves after finally landing a world title this year.
‘The Bomber’ defeated Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in May, an event also featuring Price, to fulfill a lifelong dream at his beloved Everton FC.
Bellew then called out ex-world heavyweight champion David Haye for a massive catchweight (possibly 210 pounds) contest and there has since been some bad blood between the pair.
Price, nicknamed the ‘Big Horrible Heavyweight,’ is back in contention for a championship fight himself ahead of an October return and could feature on Bellew’s undercard when ‘The Bomber’ makes his first defence against BJ Flores.
A win for Bellew could then set up negotiations with Haye for a battle in the first quarter of 2017 and Price says he doesn’t see anywhere else for the ‘Hayemaker’ to go following the collapse of a clash with Shannon Briggs.
“Haye v Bellew is a big money fight and I believe it can still happen,” Price exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It could be that Tony Bellew is Haye’s only option if the Lucas Browne situation (fighting Fres Oquendo) is already tied up, so once Bellew beats Flores, Haye might turn around and ask Tony to take the fight at heavyweight.
“Bellew may lose his WBC belt but he’ll be setting himself up financially for life. I’m mean, what puts food on the table…a green belt or five million quid or whatever it might be?
“That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. Tony’s become a world champion and no-one can take that away from him but now he wants and deserves that big money fight.
“The David Haye fight is the natural one to make for both. It seems the only place Haye can go as Fury, Joshua, Wilder and probably Browne are all off the table.
“Everything else is going on around Haye, so I think once Bellew has got Flores out of the way he’s going to have to consider the fight,” he added.
Haye has won two O2 Arena warm-up fights since returning from a long absence and had planned to fight again this autumn.
As things stand, a third return fight is on the backburner for the immediate future, and who knows, potentially only until Bellew v Flores has taken place.