Tony Bellew: Andre Ward called Eddie Hearn, I’ll do cruiserweight if he wants to dance
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has revealed an offer from Pound for Pound king Andre Ward for a catchweight encounter.
Speaking from The O2 Arena on Saturday night, ‘The Bomber’ said he’s willing to drop back down from heavyweight to mix it with the current lineal ruler at 175 pounds.
“I’ve got quite a few options in front of me. It’s come to light this week that Andre Ward wants to do business, so listen I’m happy to oblige,” Bellew told Sky Sports.
“He made the call, Eddie picked up and comes to me. If he wants to dance I can do it.”
Asked by fellow pundit for the night, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua whether he’d be willing to go over to the USA, Bellew added: “I want it here.
“With all due respect, he’s an amazing fighter, one of the pound for pound best in the world, but I ‘aint no light-heavyweight.”
On what weight class the fight could take place at, the Liverpudlian stated: “He said he likes the heavyweights, I’m saying I’ll do cruiserweight, I don’t know. What I do know is I’m happy to do it.
“As long as it makes sense and they don’t want to start getting ridiculous with the percentages we can do it because I’ve done that before and I’m not going to do it again. We’ll see.”
Ward stated his intention to go for championship glory at 200 pounds or above following his second win over Sergey Kovalev, although made the suprise move for Bellew, who is not currently in possession of a title.
The American could be looking at Bellew as a high-profile stepping stone to one of the current top division title holders, who are all tied up with mandatory fights at the moment.
Any deal with Ward would certainly mean the end of a potential rematch with David Haye this year following a career best win over the Londoner for Bellew back in March.