Tony Bellew has made it clear that he if he is to fight again, it must be a box office blockbuster against a huge name in either the cruiserweight or heavyweight division.
The Merseysider has yet to confirm whether he will return to the ring after his rematch victory over David Haye back in May, but he continues to be linked with numerous potential opponents, including former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, who resumes his comeback against Francesco Pianeta next month in Belfast.
Matchroom boxing kingpin Eddie Hearn is adamant that a Bellew-Fury showdown is very unlikely to take place in the near future, although he insinuated that former light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward could be tempted out of retirement, and old nemesis Adonis Stevenson has been in contact about a potential rematch.
Hearn recently spoke to Sky Sports regarding the future of his Liverpudlian fighter, and he said: “I think there’s three fights for him.
“One is Tyson Fury, which isn’t going to happen any time soon. Number 2 is Andre Ward, who is obviously retired, but I think would come back, and the other one who has reached out is Adonis Stevenson.
“I guess it would be a catchweight fight, Tony likes the idea of that, because he wants to do a job on him after being knocked out in Canada.”
Hearn was present at ‘The Bomber’s' wedding earlier this month and will hold extensive talks regarding his future in the coming weeks.
“I said to Tony, ‘Just go on your honeymoon, have a break, and then we’ll talk when you get back’,” he added.
“He’s achieved more in his career than everyone ever expected.
“He’s got a wonderful life, he’s got a lovely wife, he’s got three great kids, made a huge amount of money, so if he stepped away from the sport now, I would be more than happy as well.”
Bellew has recently expressed interest in facing the winner of this weekend’s World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev.
Hearn, however, feels that the financial reward would not be enough for such a high-risk fight.
“I don’t think so,” Hearn said. “I don’t think the money is there for that fight (Usyk/Gassiev).
"He wants those fights, but it’s my job as well to say ‘That’s a very, very dangerous fight. I’m not letting you take that fight for a third of what you got against David Haye.’”
Fight fans will hope that Bellew returns from his honeymoon with renewed hunger to return to the ring.
Many believe that it would be madness for the 35-year-old to hang up his gloves as he is in the prime of his career and the best shape of his life.
All will be revealed in the coming months, though, as Bellew fans will wait anxiously for confirmation on ‘The Bomber’s’ future in the ring.News Now - Sport News