Tony Bellew has remained coy on a potential comeback since floating the idea recently, but if he is to do it it will be for one reason and one reason alone.
The Liverpool man hung up the gloves back in 2018 following a punishing knockout loss at the hands of current unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite calling it a day on a defeat, Bellew has plenty to boast from his eleven year pro career – a WBC Cruiserweight World title being the crowning glory before two wins in a domestic rivalry with David Haye.
He recently called out Lukasz Różański, the current champion in the WBC’s Bridgerweight division – a weight class introduced between cruiser and heavy with a limit of 224lbs.
Speaking to IFL TV, Bellew was asked if it was being a two-weight world champ that was making him consider one more fight.
“I definitely like the sound of that. I don’t know. [It would be] to be a two-weight world if it was to happen. Not for no YouTuber, not for no nonsense fight.”
Różański – who won the vacant belt via a first round stoppage of Alen Babic – hasn’t publicly responded to the proposal.
Bellew, at 40 years old, would be looking to replicate the likes of Bernard Hopkins, who won world titles in the light heavyweight ranks at aged 41 after a stint as undisputed champion in the middleweight division. He didn’t have five years out of the ring to contend with, though.
Whether or not anything comes of it remains to be seen, as Bellew openly admits he’s unaware of any initial talks taking place.