Tony Bellew has made it clear that he doesn’t believe that Tyson Fury is ready for title-contention just yet and that he himself would beat him handily.
When Tony Bellew stepped up to the plate to defeat David Haye at the second time of asking in their heavily-hyped clash last month, he did so against a fighter who many would have considered to be well past his prime. Haye looked a shadow of the athlete he was once was and as many suspected, he called a halt on his career not long after.
Bellew moved to 30-2-1 as a pro and with that, established himself as one of England’s driving forces for the sport.
Heavyweight does seem to be going through something of a rebirth in recent times and despite the fact that the unbeaten champions Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua are seemingly on a collision course, the shadow of a certain former-champion loomed large over the division in the last week.
Tyson Fury is the lineal champion at heavyweight and after a period away of over two-and-a-half years from the sport, made easy work of his opponent Sefer Seferi under the lights of the Manchester Arena earlier this month.
It wasn’t an overly competitive contest by any means but it of course stood as an opportunity for the former-champ to regain his footing somewhat after what had been an extended break from the ring.
Tony Bellew spoke to Sky Sports in a recent interview and made it clear that he would be willing to face Fury in the near future in a matchup that he feels would prove to be an easier night than his last outing.
“People tell me that he said I’m too small, yet he gets in with a guy three inches smaller than me, and about a stone lighter.
“I’m not too sure what he actually means when he says too small. Right now, I’ll be honest, Tyson Fury isn’t really ready for me. I would stop Tyson Fury quicker than I stopped David Haye. There’s no two ways about it.
“I think he needs another fight, and I’ll give him another fight, no problem at all. But we need to talk, speak to Eddie Hearn.
I’m pretty sure we could sell out any stadium. I probably think we could do a stadium just for the press conference. If he wants to come as Batman, I’ll come as the Joker. Whichever way you want to play this, I’ll deal with it, I can do it.
“Tyson Fury is not ready for me in any way, shape or form. I don’t care what kind of version you give me. I’ve seen the best of him against Steve Cunningham and he was flat on his back. When I put someone on their back, they don’t get away with it. They stay down.
“I’m very happy that Tyson Fury is back. The heavyweight division is buzzing again, but understand me, I will end it for you, not a problem at all.
Fury definitely hasn’t shown his very best just yet but with time well and truly on his side given the now inevitable matchup between Wilder and Joshua, do not be surprised if a potential matchup with Bellew picks up some momentum as the year goes on and Tyson has another bout or two under his belt.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena