Former WBC champion Tony Bellew is heading back to cruiserweight after his rematch with fierce British rival David Haye is completed in May.
The 33 year-old, who is still recognized by the World Boxing Council as the Emeritus belt holder, will be able to invoke his right to face the reigning champion – which at present in Aleksandr Usyk.
Bellew had hoped to challenge for a world heavyweight title in the summer, but with Joseph Parker facing Anthony Joshua and likely to lose – according to the ‘The Bomber’, a match-up with either is unrealistic.
“I believe Joshua will defeat Parker and I’m not touching the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, no chance in this world. He’s huge and I’m not going anywhere near Joshua. These modern-day heavyweights are just too big,” Bellew told a BBC Sport podcast before outlining plans to move back down to 200 pounds.
“I still very much believe it is my division. I still see myself as a cruiserweight and there’s a huge opportunity available for me there.”
Usyk defeated Mairis Briedis on Saturday night to make it to the World Boxing Super Series finale in May and Bellew will target the Ukrainian for all four world title belts or whoever comes through between the Olympian and the winner of Yunier Dorticos and Murat Gassiev in Jeddah.
“This World Boxing Super Series has been a breath of fresh air,” said the Liverpool man.
“Hopefully Usyk comes through the final and I am happy to face him. I am 100% certain I could find a way to beat him and it would be very hard,” he added before pointing out his rights under WBC rules.
“If I say ‘Usyk I want my WBC belt back’, he has to face me or lose it. Whoever comes through the cruiserweights, I will face for all those belts.
“My (original) plan was to beat Haye and go for Joseph Parker, who I believed I could beat.
“Now I have to look past fighting the heavyweight champion of the world now, the dream isn’t going to come true,” Bellew stated.