After achieving the biggest win of his career earlier this month at the 02 Arena in London, Tony Bellew has now set his sights on reaching another goal of his, however, it doesn't involve a boxing ring.
The 34-year-old finished former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in the 11th round of their highly publicised bout after Haye's corner threw in the towel following a brutal knockdown in which the Londoner flew through the ropes.
Bellew, who was a heavy underdog going into the fight, has hinted at retirement since and it now seems as though the Liverpudlian may have his sights set on a return to acting.
Bellew made an appearance as "Pretty" Ricky Conlan in 2015 boxing blockbuster 'Creed', and he now seems to be eyeing up a return to the silver screen with a role playing a villain in the next James Bond film, something he describes as a "dream".
“I would really like to be the next Bond villain," Bellew said.
“I am just putting it out there. I wouldn’t mind playing Bond but the villain role would be a dream. I definitely feel there is a career for me in acting.”
Bellew is the current WBC cruiserweight champion, but enjoyed the biggest payday of his 32-fight career against Haye on March 4 and has admitted that it would take a lot for him to return to a boxing ring any time soon.
Despite talks of a potential rematch with Haye, and with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder claiming that he would entertain the idea of a fight with the Liverpudlian, Bellew has said that his "next decision will not be made with "boxing in mind", but rather with what was best for him and his family moving forward.
"I can't tell you, 'Yes I am going to retire', I can't tell you, 'Yes I'm going to fight again'. The true fact is I don't know.
"I am going to take time. I know what my coach wants, he wants me to stop because it is the perfect time to do it.”
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