Tony Bellew has revealed what could possibly tempt him to continue fighting

  • Jack Figg
David Haye v Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew revealed only 'something huge' could force the 35-year-old to fight again after his repeat victory over rival David Haye.

Bellew upset the odds for the second time as he again dispatched of Haye, this time in quicker fashion at the O2 Arena, London.

Despite a bright start from the ‘Hayemaker’ the two boxers exchanged in a toe-to-toe shootout in the third round which saw Bellew drop Haye with a ferocious right hand.

Haye would return to his feet only to be floored once again in round three and after surviving the next few big exchanges Bellew finished the show in the fifth round by dropping the Londoner with a left-hook and forcing the stoppage after an attack on the ropes.

After the fight, talking to Sky Sports Bellew admitted only 'something huge' would see the Liverpudlian return to the ring.

"It will take something absolutely ridiculous to make me do it again," Bellew said on Sunday.

"Something huge. It would have to be massive because I'm happy with what I've done. I've proven everyone wrong.

"I've been the biggest dreamer for my whole life - I said I'd fight at Goodison Park, I said I'd be amateur champion after two fights. But it's another thing to really believe it. I stuck by my dream and it's got me to here."

David Haye v Tony Bellew

Bellew stated throughout the build-up to the fight he is not a natural heavyweight, however, ‘The Bomber’ insisted the likes of Tyson Fury could tempt him to stay at the weight and is also targeting former pound for pound star Andre Ward.

"I like the Tyson Fury fight. I do think I can knock Fury out” Bellew added.

"I just know I can beat Andre Ward. People will laugh at me and say 'no chance'. But the monster, David Haye, with the big muscles was supposed to knock me out and it didn't work out. The fat kid looked the stronger man. I bullied him. I physically manhandled him."


Despite a heated rivalry dating back to 2016, Bellew insisted he would like to see his former nemesis, Haye, retire after a career which has seen him become unified cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion.

"I hope he stops now. Father Time is undefeated and Haye is not the man to beat him” he continued.

"This is an unforgiving sport especially with a set of skills like his. I've never relied on speed or athleticism. I'm a really clever fighter who punishes great athletes when they make mistakes.”

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