Newly crowned WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew says he is prepared to step up to heavyweight and face fellow Briton David Haye. Bellew, 27-2-1-(17), delighted his local fans at his beloved Goodison Park soccer ground on Sunday by knocking out Ilunga Makabu to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight title and then immediately professed an interest in moving up in weight to face Haye.
In the post-fight interview Bellew called out Haye, 28-2-(26) and the challenge was quickly accepted by the Londoner via Instagram.
Haye has not weighed 200lbs or less since 2008 but Bellew is prepared to surrender weight if it means getting Haye into the ring.
Speaking to Sky Sports Bellew said: "If he [Haye] wants to get down and train properly he could do cruiserweight but he’s happy living the lifestyle he lives and parading around and if that’s the way he wants to do it, we can do it at heavyweight. It’s not an issue. I’ll leave him to weigh whatever he wants.
Bellew added: "He’s a small heavyweight. He’s a manufactured heavyweight and not a true heavyweight. Anything over 16st and he’s slower anyway.
Bellew also revealed that He and fellow scouser David Price sparred Haye a few years back and that the Londoner got bounced all over the ring.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the sparring session Bellew said: "I’ve sparred with David in the past and he knows what happened when we sparred. I was an unknown amateur at the time. What I will say is that I wasn’t the guy pulling out of a fight 24 hours after that sparring session. He got his backside kicked and then pulled out of the Mark Hobson fight after that session. Hobson actually told him that he’d heard he’d been beaten up by two Scousers in Liverpool and that’s why he was pulling out.
"He’s got his views and I’ve got mine. The difference is that mine are the truth and his aren’t. He called me a chump but he knows I’m not a chump because I gave him hell in a sparring session back then. The best person to ask on that sparring session is his trainer, Adam Booth(Haye’s former trainer).
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May 31, 2016