Whilst a rematch with David Haye remains the most likely, and the only avenue for the Londoner in Hearn’s estimation, Bellew can also mull over possible challenges against world champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.
“We are going to fight again this year, one hundred percent,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“The decision will be up to Tony and his family. It will be up to me to provide the opportunities and I believe the Haye rematch will be one of those options.
“Part of Tony Bellew wanted to beat him fully fit and there are some unanswered questions. It was an epic event and a thrilling fight.
“The Haye v Bellew rematch remains certainly one of the biggest fights out there for both guys. For Haye, the only fight out there is the Tony Bellew rematch.
“For Tony, there’s the Haye rematch, Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. There’s plenty of options,” he added.
Fury replied to a picture posted by Bellew in the wake of his win over Haye of the pair standing next to each other a few years back, which has since turned into a potential blockbuster fight of the future.
Millions could be made by Bellew against either Haye or Fury in the UK, although a world title opportunity against Wilder or Parker could mean less money, alongside an away venue, which may not be as appealing for the current WBC cruiserweight champion.