Andre Ward tells Tony Bellew what he has to do to lure him out of retirement

Boxing fans are eager to know Tony Bellew’s plans for the future.

The Bomber’s career is in the midst of an Indian summer, with consecutive victories over David Haye earning him a fearsome reputation in the sport.

His victory over BJ Flores at Goodison Park will always be his personal highlight, but moving up to heavyweight and beating Haye twice is what has significantly enhanced his reputation.

Now, he really is box office and he knows it, with Bellew announcing after his last victory over Haye that he will only return to the ring for a huge bout.

The Bomber named Andre Ward and Tyson Fury as two potential opponents.

Ward is currently retired, but there is a school of thought that he could be brought back into the game if the right offer arrives.

And the American has finally told Bellew what he must do to make the fight come to fruition.

Speaking in Las Vegas ahead of Terence Crawford vs Jeff Horn, Ward spoke to FightHype and delivered his ultimatum to Bellew and Eddie Hearn.


Ward says about a fight with Bellew: “That’s not something I’m pushing to do. Hearn and Bellew are telling people ‘Ward’s coming back, he wants to fight!’ We’ve been sent no offer, so right now it’s just talk. I know what he’s doing, he’s looking for a cashout.”

Ward then goes on to say that it would need to be for a stripe, which would mean Bellew would have to beat the winner of Oleksandar Usyk v Murat Gassiev.

The American then states that he doesn’t actually want Bellew to fight one of them for short money at this stage in his career.

So it’s a tricky situation for the Bomber and Matchroom. Do they take a risky fight against a tough opponent to lure Ward out of retirement for a big cashout?

Or do they instead focus on the likes of Fury or a possible rematch with Adonis Stevenson? With both those fight likely to generate a lot of revenue.

Who do you think Tony Bellew should fight next? Have your say in the comment box below!

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