It was back in November when Tyson Fury first called Tony Bellew out, starting a back-and-forth between the pair that is still ongoing.
“Like I said before Tony, if you want to fight a real man and the best heavyweight in the world then we’ll be ready and waiting,” Fury said after David Haye withdrew from his scheduled rematch against Bellew.
Very few expected a response from Bellew, and even less thought that he would meet fire with fire.
But that’s exactly what the Evertonian did in an appearance on Sky Sports’ Soccer AM.
“Let’s get it going,” Bellew said. “I’ve got a massive interest in fighting Stavros Flatley lookalike Tyson Fury to be honest.
“Everyone says I’m scared of big heavyweights. They don’t come any bigger than Stavros Flatley, do they?"
Bellew believes he can beat Fury
Bellew has since finalised a rematch against Haye on May 5, but that doesn’t mean to say Fury isn’t still on his mind.
The 35-year-old has given an interview to iFL TV in which he explained why he could beat the Gypsy King in a fight.
“I’d fight Tyson Fury because stylistically he matches up far better with me, and he’s been out of the ring for years,” Bellew said.
“I can see a way for [me to beat Fury]. I’m quicker than him, I hit harder than him, I’m possibly harder to hit than him - only because there’s so much of a target, I can’t miss.
“His attributes don’t really hurt me in a fight. I take away his positives with my style. So his awkwardness doesn’t play a factor because he’s so big I can’t miss him, I’m going to hit him for fun.
“I can hurt him and I know I can hurt him.”
Fury has responded
Fury was made aware of Bellew’s comments on Twitter and he responded by talking up a meeting with the Bronze Bomber, provided he beats Haye.
“We will see if he can beat this bum, then we can dance 💃,” Fury wrote.
In November, Fury asked his Twitter followers to choose his “next victim” from a list of four boxers.
Bellew’s name wasn’t included, but it’s clear the former WBC cruiserweight champion remains firmly on his radar.
Watch: Fury's entire iFL TV interview
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