Liverpool’s world champion Tony Bellew has delivered a warning to the rest of the boxers at 175 pound plus as the ‘Bomber’ prepares to defend his WBC cruiserweight title this weekend.
Bellew, 33, faces American BJ Flores at his home venue in the Mersey Docklands on Saturday and hopes a victory will set up a massive UK clash with former two-weight world title holder David Haye.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has already stated his intention to make a substantial offer to Haye for a match-up against Bellew, potentially at the beginning of 2017, something the current 200 pound ruler would relish on recent comments.
“Any cruiserweight or heavyweight in the world, If I can hit you I can hurt you,” Bellew warned in a statement to UK tabloid The Daily Star.
“I don’t care how big you are, how strong you are. If I can hit anyone clean, I’ve got this freaky and f***** up power.
“I don’t know where it comes from because I just look like a fat skinny kid.
“I’m not the strongest, I’m not the fastest, I’m not the best but when I hit people I can hurt them. It is a gift,” he added.
Haye is set for return to action on December 10, according to his latest social media statement, whilst facing Bellew on that date would seemingly be a long shot at this moment in time.
The spring of next year would be a more realistic date for any Bellew contest, but whether that’s in Haye’s own immediate plans has not yet been made public knowledge.