Tony Bellew is set to throw his first punches today after the British boxer broke his hand during the massive fight with David Haye in March.
Judging on how the training session goes, the Liverpool man will decide whether he is ready to get back into the ring.
The 'Bomber' does not anticipate any issues with his hand but surgery could be required if there are any complications, derailing any hopes of getting into the heavyweight mix anytime soon.
Bellew is set to appear at the Echo Arena on Saturday night for "An Evening with Tony Bellew" providing fans with an opportunity to throw questions at him in a relaxed atmosphere and has given his own thoughts on returning to action prior to the event.
“I’m going to punch for the first time today and I need to see the reaction I get from it," said Bellew, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ll meet up with the coach later on today and do some tapping on the pads and if I don’t get any reaction from it that’s great news.
“If I do then it could mean an operation, but I doubt it. The fracture has calcified.
“I think it’s set now so I just need to see how this tapping session does and we’ll take it from there.”
Victory over Haye has opened the door to several heavyweight title opportunities for Bellew and despite clashing with Deontay Wilder recently the Everton fan has revealed his opponent of choice is actually Joseph Parker.
The 34-year-old has never been shy of confidence and believes that he has the ability to defeat the man from New Zealand.
“Becoming world heavyweight champion is a realistic goal,” he said.
“And I definitely 100 per cent believe I can beat Joseph Parker.
“He is my preferred candidate. Deontay Wilder’s a good fighter and that’s a daunting, dangerous task. But I believe I faced a more daunting and dangerous task when I faced Haye. I have been written off before and I’ll be written off again and again.
“I’ve had offers from Al Haymon to face Deontay Wilder, I’ve had offers from New Zealand regarding Parker. Basically they’re all willing to come here and face me and part of that is because they see me as the easy touch. Just like Haye did.
“People go on about how Tony Bellew beat a man on one leg, but what they fail to remember is the fight was very even after five rounds and after the fifth I said to him ‘You’re blowing out your a**e.’ And he was.
“I just have to stay level headed and stay grounded. I’m happy with life. I just have to keep my mind on the prize.”
Despite the stunning victory against Haye and the optimism about the future, Bellew remains humble in many ways with the Brit stating that he "can't believe" that people would want to pay to listen to his story.
He added: “I can’t believe that people would actually pay to sit there and listen to me talking. That amazes me that people would do that."
“I’m happy with how life is at the minute. If people want me to come out and share that with them I’m happy to do that. It’s been a crazy, roller coaster two years.
“One thing after another, from the movie, to the European title, to the world championship at Goodison, to the Haye fight. It’s been non stop and I feel very lucky and privileged.
“I’m looking forward to showing all the things people haven’t seen, telling people all the things they don’t know. The injuries, the heartbreaks that I’ve had. So many things have happened in my life that I’m looking forward to sharing with people.
“Whatever they want to know I will answer. I’ve never shied away from a question.”
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