After Tony Bellew took to social media this week to call for a fight with bridgerweight world champion Lukasz Rozanski, it has since been confirmed that ‘discussions’ have taken place about Bellew returning to the ring.
The former cruiserweight world champion retired from boxing after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk for all four cruiserweight belts back in 2018, but is now seemingly eyeing up a possible comeback at age 40.
In a recent interview with IFL TV, Matchroom CEO Frank Smith confirmed talks had taken place about ‘The Bomber’ lacing up the gloves again, however conceded he didn’t think it was “too realistic.”
“We’ve had some discussions. I actually think Tony Bellew beats Rozanski, but I don’t think it’s too realistic. What is Bellew now, 40?
I think he wants to make the magical comeback and become a two weight world champion, but let’s see. He was probably a bit bored and just wanted to get something out there.
He’s said it a few times, hence why that social media post is out there. I don’t think it’s too likely, but let’s see.”
In the latter stages of his career, Bellew moved between 200lbs at cruiserweight and heavyweight.
Since his retirement, the WBC have introduced a new division in between called bridgerweight, where fighters must hit the scales at no more than 224lbs.
In actuality, the majority of boxing fans view the division as a bit of a gimmick and none of the WBA, IBF and WBO have decided to sanction bouts at the weight or created any world titles.
However, Rozanski is, on paper, weaker than most world champions and Bellew may see it as an opportunity to bolster his legacy and become a two weight world champion.