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Tony Bellew is 'very serious' about fighting one potential opponent

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There is a dilemma Tony Bellew must contend with as he weighs up his options post-David Haye.

The Liverpudlian has only fought twice as a heavyweight, twice beating the Bermondsey-born former world champion.

On both occasions, the 35-year-old intended to hang up his gloves afterwards, yet the temptation of a return to the ring proved too much.

This week, Tyson Fury insisted he would not want to face Bellew because he feared for the "family man's" safety and that is undoubtedly the main concern the man himself will have to consider if he does opt to continue.

However, what's clear is that the ex-cruiserweight will have no shortage of potential opponents if he does choose to carry on.

Talk of him facing Anthony Joshua was just silly, but names such as Oleksandr Usyk or a rematch with Adonis Stevenson have been discussed widely within the sport.

There was only one man the Bomber wanted to call out straight after his emphatic victory over Haye, though, and that was Andre Ward.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he has now reiterated that he thinks a bout with the American, who hasn't yet officially retired, could realistically happen.

Is Ward still in the game? 

"Oh, it's very serious, he wants it and I want it," Bellew said.

"I'd love the fight, he [Ward] is pound-for-pound material. Ward wants to fight at cruiserweight/heavyweight so we will see. I don't think he's ever been properly retired.

Andre Ward v Sergey Kovalev 2

"He has stayed in the gym and he's come out in public and said he's been sparring once a week. Boxing is a hard game to come away from, speaking from experience.

"I still believe I am the best cruiserweight in the world. I left the division the best fighter in there, but I know some people will disagree with that.

"A lot of things will have to be worked out for this fight on the business side, it has to make sense and work for both of us. Someone will have to come up with figures first."

Of all his potential opponents, the Ward fight would probably make the most sense given that they are both in a similar stage of their careers.

Bellew has proved his doubters wrong countless times and he is not short on confidence despite Ward's reputation.

David Haye v Tony Bellew

"I believe I can beat him two ways, I can outbox him or chin him," he added.

"I'm bigger and stronger than him and my range is better, but he's probably quicker.

"Although he is a master on the inside, an old general, I think I can prove to people that I'm better there.

"I just believe I can beat him any way I choose. If the fight is at cruiserweight or even at heavyweight, I don't know yet, I just know I can beat Andre Ward, there is no doubt in my mind."

Should Bellew retire while he's ahead? Have your say in the comments. 

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Tyson Fury
Tony Bellew
David Haye
Andre Ward
Boxing

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