Tony Bellew moves away from Andre Ward, ‘closes in’ on opponent announcement
Tony Bellew looks set to reveal his next oppoent immimently with David Haye strongly fancied to get the nod.
Bellew defeated Haye in March via late stoppage, although his victory was questioned when the ‘Hayemaker’ suffered a serious achilles injury during the contest.
Despite opening talks with both Andre Ward and Joseph Parker over the past few weeks, ‘The Bomber’ is seemingly focused on one sole target – which is firmly believed to be Haye.
“Eddie Hearn is closing in on it now,” Bellew told Sky Sports News.
“We got a fair bit close on Andre Ward, I thought that would get announced imminently. Eddie came back with something else, and I trust Eddie Hearn.
“I came to Eddie as a British champion. I’m a world champion, I’ve beaten an elite-level fighter and I’ve done it against all the odds on a number of occasions on his watch, so I will leave it to him.
“I trust him and he’ll make the right decision for me.”
Earning a career best purse against Haye, Bellew could be in line to make even more money from a lucrative return with the former two-weight world champion and potentially move on to a title shot.
Defeating Haye even more convincingly could mean a chance against Joseph Parker in the first half of 2018, although the current ruler has to come through mandatory challenger Hughie Fury first on September 23.
Hearn has already met with Parker’s team to iron out the details, whilst Haye has held talks with Fury about the possibility of those two facing each other.
Effectively, this means Bellew v Haye II and Parker v Fury are semi-finals to a future meeting, obviously dependent on the outcome of each encounter.