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Tony Bellew fires shots at heavyweight rival Joseph Parker

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Back in March of this year, Tony Bellew decided that he had dominated boxing's cruiserweight division for long enough.

In a fight that paid more than enough to secure his children's future, Bellew went toe-to-toe with another cruiserweight graduate David Haye, as the pair fought in a massive pay-per-view event staged at London's 02 Arena.

Before the fight, there could only be one winner.

The Haymaker was stronger, faster, and hit a lot harder than Bellew.

The Bomber, who regularly refers to himself as "fat," stood no chance in many people's opinion, and the bookies seemed to agree.

However, the beauty of sport means we are very often treated to spectacular surprises, and even though Haye's Achilles tendon gave in during round the sixth round of the fight, all but the most unreasonable of boxing fans and pundits alike agreed that the Bomber was good money for his 11h round stoppage win.

The aftermath of the fight was very amicable. As with most high profile fights, the contenders showed each other a level of respect that one could not even conceive before the bout.

The fans loved it. Bellew was modest, and Haye was humbled to a point where he was almost begging Bellew for a rematch before either of the pair left the ring.

So, when the rematch was announced to be scheduled later this year on December 17, it seemed everyone involved was happy.

The fans, particularly those is Haye's corner, would be forgiven for believing that the fight may have been a little more evenly matched if the Londoner were able to stand for the second half of the fight.

It seems as if everyone has got what they wanted, with the fighters and promoters involved all sure to receive another massive pay out.

Bellew, however, has seemingly overlooked his scheduled opponents apparent new lease of life. Whilst Haye looks arguably in the shape of his career, the life long Evertonian seems to be firing his shots elsewhere.

Specifically, towards New Zealand's Joseph Parker.

Fresh from a majority decision win over Tyson Fury's younger cousin Hughie, Parker has been subject to some particularly personal abuse from Bellew.

The scouse fighter was less than polite whilst talking about Parker's recent performance, and was quoted saying: "If I had my way, I'd be signing off on the Joseph Parker fight."

Parker has a professional record of 24-0, although many fans and pundits still believe he is yet to prove himself on the biggest of stages.

Bellew also said of the New Zealander, who is nine years his junior: "I can beat him in my sleep."

That's big fight talk from.. well.. a fighter, but it does bring into question wether or not the Bellew camp is pushing to secure the next fight after the rematch with Haye. That's assuming the scouser comes out on top, as it has been announced that if Haye wins, there is a distinct possibility of a trilogy fight to finally settle the score.

The purest of boxing fans will be praying that neither fighter is looking too far beyond their upcoming contest, and would hope that the two big hitters remain as focused as possible during the coming months in order to give us the spectacle we all want.

Will Bellew fight Parker one day? Will the trilogy fight happen? Give us your thoughts.

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