British professional boxer David Haye has revealed his suspicions whether Tony Bellew is really serious about stepping into the ring with him.
Still considering his options of choosing a suitable opponent for his comeback bout, Haye has not ruled Bellew as a potential candidate. However, earlier this week, he denied the possibility of him demoting himself to the cruiserweight level and gave an ultimatum to his counterpart that the fight would only take place in the heavyweight segment.
The feud between the duo deepened further last Saturday when Bellew retained his title knocking out his opponent, American boxer BJ Flores to the floor three times during the course of their match.
The reigning champion then directly challenged Haye, who was at ringside, present at the venue. Although he did not retaliate then, later questioned the seriousness of the proposal.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Haye said: “If Bellew is genuinely serious about it?
“It’s one thing saying a thing after your fight when your adrenaline is flowing – you’re all excited and you have just knocked someone out.”
He advised the 33-year-old to calm himself down and think if he actually has the talent to step into the ring with the former WBA champion.
“If he can sit down and think to himself ‘okay, I’ve got a shot at actually getting out of the ring in one piece against David Haye’.
“If he genuinely believes that, and his promoter believes it, then we could make something happen.”
The statement brings to the fore that Haye is contemplating on sorting issues to make the fight a reality, whereas his compatriot has time-and-again reiterated his desire to share the ring.
The representatives of each player now have to come to a conclusion that would suit all parties concerned and the boxing fraternity can witness one of the most anticipated clashes in recent history when ‘the Bomber’ face-off ‘the Hayemaker’ for supremacy.