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Jun
2019

Bellew moving back down to cruiserweight after Haye fight

Phil Jay 15/12/2016

WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has revealed his desire to head back to the 200 pound limit once the dust settles on his clash with David Haye.

The 33 year-old moves up for a one-off fight against his UK rival on March 4 of 2017 in London having explained his intentions to compete at his most comfortable division beyond the spring.

“It would be a dream to fight for a heavyweight title although I will say this; I am here basically just to gate-crash the party. This is a quick stop. It’s not the long-term goal or move,” Bellew told Sky Sports News HQ.

“I am the best cruiserweight in the world, I am the WBC cruiserweight world champion and I am going to remain that before and after the fight.

“My long-term goal is to unify the cruiserweight division. When there are no solid cruiserweights left I will then make a quick stop at the heavyweight division again.”

Bellew is expected to defend his title against Mairis Briedis next, although the WBC have informed the Latvian to begin negotiations with Marco Huck whilst ‘The Bomber’ goes through with his obligation to Haye.

Once Bellew confirms his heavyweight days are fully over, the World Boxing Council will then instruct the Merseysider to battle the winner of Huck v Briedis in his second defence of the green and gold strap.

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