Bellew confirms cruiserweight plan

31 January 2018 00:46:39 GMTPlus10

Tony Bellew has given up hope of becoming a world heavyweight champion and will switch his focus back to being king of the cruiserweight division.

The 35-year-old gave up his WBC cruiserweight title as he stepped up to heavyweight for his victory against David Haye almost 12 months ago.

Bellew has been waiting for Haye to recover from the Achilles injury he suffered during that bout in order for their agreed rematch to take place.

I still very much believe it is my division. I still see myself as a cruiserweight and there's a huge opportunity available for me there.

Tony Bellew

A bicep injury to Haye forced the planned December showdown to be rescheduled to 5th May and life has moved on without Bellew in the cruiserweight ranks.

Ukraine's undefeated Oleksandr Usyk holds the WBO belt and reached the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament last weekend where he will face either Russia's Murat Gassiev or Cuban Yunier Dorticos.

Whoever comes out on top will hold all four belts and Bellew will look to claim them as opposed to continuing as a heavyweight regardless of how he fares against Haye.

"Whoever comes through the cruiserweights, I will face for all those belts," he told BBC Sport.

"I still very much believe it is my division. "I still see myself as a cruiserweight and there's a huge opportunity available for me there.

"This World Boxing Super Series has been a breath of fresh air.

"Hopefully Usyk comes through the final and I am happy to face him. I am 100% certain I could find a way to beat him and it would be very hard. If I say 'Usyk I want my WBC belt back', he has to face me or lose it."

When asked about his U-turn in terms of pursuing glory in the heavyweight division, Bellew pointed to Joseph Parker's decision to face Anthony Joshua on 31st March.

He added: "My plan was to beat Haye and go for Joseph Parker, who I believed I could beat.

"Now I have to look past fighting the heavyweight champion of the world now, the dream isn't going to come true.

"I believe Joshua will defeat Parker and I'm not touching the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, no chance in this world. He's huge and I'm not going anywhere near Joshua. These modern-day heavyweights are just too big."

Bellew is 11/5 to claim a second win against Haye in May, while the former WBA heavyweight champion is 4/11 to exact revenge and come out on top.

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