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Tony Bellew bids to ‘walk through’ Andre Ward before embarking on heavyweight title bid

Joe Hewlett 07/08/2017

David Spagnolo / Mark Robinson

Tony Bellew is the man in demand after rumbling the boxing world back in March of this year.

The Scouser defeated David Haye via TKO in the eleventh round during their grudge match took place at the O2 Arena.

The ‘Bomber’ hasn’t fought since after taking time out to recover from a broken hand sustained in the contest.

The 34-year-old has signalled his intentions of returning with an opponent set in mind during a Q and A with Betsafe.

“I am going to go out some time in December,” Bellew confirmed from his gym on Monday.

“We’ve sat down with Andre Ward’s team and I’m a lot closer now to the Andre Ward fight than I ever have been before.”

Despite favouring Ward, the WBC Emeritus champion still thrives on achieving more heavyweight success in the future.

“I like the Andre Ward fight. The numbers didn’t match up at first but then Eddie worked out a way where it can work favourably for what I want. There’s the Joseph Parker fight; the lure of becoming heavyweight champion for me outweighs everything else.

“The money does play a factor but the lure and the dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world – no money in the world can ever make that up.”

“The Andre Ward fight would be a mega fight,” he said.

“He’s pound-for-pound number one in the world, so they say. I believe I’m just too strong for him, too big for him. I’m a huge cruiserweight, I will walk through him like a train. He will not be able to hold me off.”

The pair have crossed paths fictitiously before with both featuring in the most recent instalment of the Rocky Balboa series, ‘Creed.’

If both do agree a mega-fight for December then Bellew be hoping to conduct himself better than his ‘Creed’ character ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan. The movie sees Danny ‘Stuntman’ Wheeler, portrayed by Ward, getting his jaw broken by Conlan during the weigh-in forcing the fight to be cancelled.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95

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