Underdog Tony Bellew will fight again this year following his heavyweight victory over David Haye, according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Bellew beat the odds-on favourite Haye in the 11th round after the former WBA heavyweight champion suffered an Achilles injury in the sixth round before his trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel.
Although, Bellew also sustained an injury, breaking his hand in the third round when he punched Haye and connected with his shoulder.
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Bellew described the pain as someone putting lighter fluid on your hands and then lighting it.
Nevertheless, Bellew's promoter Eddie Hearn has told Sky Sports News HQ yesterday morning that the Liverpudlian boxer will fight again this year, with a potential rematch against The Hayemaker one of the possible options.
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"We're going to fight this year, 100 percent," said Hearn.
"Like Tony [Bellew] said, the decision will be made by him and his family and it's my job to present the opportunities to him. I believe the Haye rematch will be one of those opportunities."
There are, however, some alternatives for the 'Bomber' other than a rematch with David Haye.
The WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is one option, with WBO champion Joseph Parker another.
"For Haye the only fight out there is the Tony Bellew rematch. For Tony there's the Haye rematch, there's Joseph Parker, there's Deontay Wilder, there's Tyson Fury, there's plenty of options."
This is why Haye was so quick to remind everyone that the rematch Bellew offered to Haye pre-fight should be adhered to, as he knows that the only way to get back into the boxing world is to overcome the challenge of Bellew.
The fact that Haye was clearly impaired by the injury he sustained during the fight has led many to believe this fight will go to a rematch as Bellew would of wanted to beat a fully fit Haye.
"Part of Tony Bellew wanted to beat him fully fit. There are some unanswered questions." Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ.
Although, Wilder remains most likely to fight Bellew after he called out the WMC champion and Hearn admitted he had received a phone call from the American about a potential match-up.
Hearn also revealed that the WBO champion Joseph Parker had also contacted him regarding a fight with the now world famous 'Bomber'.
We will have to wait and see whether Bellew will be true to his word and give Haye the chance he promised before the fight, or whether this victory that has now put him on the map will see him begin to trade jabs with the big boys.
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