Eddie Hearn says WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will fight again this year

Tony Bellew

WBC cruiserweight champion, Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KO), who after his heavyweight clash against David Haye (28-3, 26 KO) in March pondered on retiring will be seen fighting again in 2017, promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports. He also hinted a possible rematch with David Haye.

Bellew seized the fight against Haye, who was slowed down by a leg injury from the sixth round by a TKO win when trainer Shane McGuigan threw in the towel in the 11th round at The O2 arena.

After the dramatic victory over Haye, the 34-year-old  Bellew claimed he had done it all and also revealed he broke his hand during the match.

However, Bellew’s big time promoter Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ on Monday that the Briton will fight again this year, with a possible rematch with Haye on the cards.

Hearn said that they are going to fight this year, 100 percent. Like Tony said, the decision will be made by him and his family and it’s Hearn’s job to present the opportunities to him. Hearn believes the Haye rematch will be one of those opportunities.

Haye refused to blame his injury for the loss and instead considered Tony ‘a far better boxer’. However, it seems, as told by Hearn that part of Tony Bellew wanted to beat Haye fully fit and there are some unanswered questions.

Although he said it was an epic event and a thrilling fight but the Haye rematch certainly remains one of the biggest bouts out there for both guys.

Hearn admitted that for Haye the only fight out there is the Tony Bellew rematch while for Tony, there’s the Haye rematch, there’s the Joseph Parker, the Deontay Wilder, and the Tyson Fury and plenty more options.




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