Tony Bellew has responded to Tyson Fury’s recent refusal to face him by offering to share a ring with the former heavyweight champion in the near future.
Fury had previously stated his desire to avoid a fight with Bellew due to the fact that he massively out-weighs the Liverpool man.
But Bellew says these quotes haven’t been backed up by Fury’s latest choice of opponent for a June 9 comeback.
Speaking to FightHype.com last week, Fury had said: “I don’t want to fight Tony Bellew. He’s a family man and I want him to stay healthy and stay boxing and earn a few quid.
“If I stepped in the ring with him, he’s only a small man and I could damage him – hurt him properly.
“You aren’t messing with a David Haye who’s 20 years out of date.
“You’re messing with someone who is 6ft 9in, 19 stone and in the prime of my life and who can knock a wall down, one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing but they don’t know it.
“I’d let Tony Bellew hit me right there (on the chin) and he wouldn’t hurt me.”
In response, Bellew questioned how Fury could say one thing and then do the opposite when fighting a predominant cruiserweight in Sefer Seferi next month.
“He said he wouldn’t fight me because I’m a cruiserweight and he’ll hurt me, well he’s only fighting a cruiserweight now isn’t he,” Bellew told talkSPORT.
“I think he understands that I’m a much more dangerous fighter than anyone he can possibly face right now. He’s taken that into consideration.
“I’m part of the biggest global thing in the world in Matchroom Boxing – if Tyson wants to make serious money, he knows where to come.
“He is awkward to fight for the big guys, but I’m trickier than him, I’m quicker than him and stronger than him.
“What he has over me is size, but that’s all. I actually punch harder than Tyson Fury.”
Seferi is 0-1 at heavyweight having lost to Manuel Charr in 2016 before heading straight back down to 200 pounds where he remains undefeated.
Fifteen of Seferi’s cruiserweight victories have come against fighters with losing records, which should bode well for Fury in his bid to simply shake-off the ring rust.
Whether Fury v Bellew could even get off the ground if both sides did ever come to a decision to meet is another matter entirely, as Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn working together on a major UK fight seems a long way off from ever happening anytime soon.