Tony Bellew has been very vocal recently about his possible future opponents. He has mentioned Tyson Fury, he’s is definitely also after WBO champion Joseph Parker and let’s not forget the rematch against David Haye. But there is one challenge Bellew will not take on under any circumstances.
“There’s not a chance in this world I’m getting in with Anthony Joshua. It’s not happening. I actually really like the lad. I’ve got to know him over a period of time. That aside, I don’t want to get punched everywhere. He’s too big. I can probably make him miss the first two punches but he’s the only heavyweight in the world who gets in front of another heavyweight and throws three, four, five, six punch combinations and doesn’t care what’s coming back. At that weight and that size, he’s probably going to hurt me as well. There’s no point in making a load of money and then I’m in a grave. I don’t want to get an arse whooping off a guy his size. There’s nothing I can do to him,” admitted Bellew in an interview with boxingnewsonline.net.
As you can tell, Bellew has tremendous respect for Anthony Joshua. Even though technically he is not the unified champion just yet, ‘The Bomber’ thinks Joshua is the clear cut number one in the division.
“To me he’s the best heavyweight in the world, defeating Klitschko the way he did. It was unbelievable the way he done it,” said Bellew.
The Liverpudlian also took a little jab at Tyson Fury. Bellew thinks Fury’s parade as the number one heavyweight is over due to inactivity.