Former WBC Cruiserweight World Champion, Tony Bellew, has cleared up rumours of a much-speculated comeback to the sport five years on from his last fight.
Bellew retired after losing to Oleksandr Usyk in a bid to become the undisputed 200lb champion back in 2018.
Since then, we have seen ‘The Bomber’ take up an active role in the media, working mainly for boxing broadcaster, DAZN. That was until earlier this year, when he was strongly linked to a comeback, where he would face Poland’s Lukasz Rozanski.
Rozanski defeated Alen Babic in April via first-round stoppage to claim the newly-formed WBC Bridgerweight title, becoming the second ever champion of the division.
Despite maintaining that he would beat the 37-year-old, Bellew told Froch On Fighting that the clash is dead in the water.
“Working in the movie, Creed, allowed me to see what my body could do again, because believe it or not I had abs for the third movie, which was absolutely nuts. I got in great shape and it just let me know that I could turn back the clock one more time maybe, but they’d have to be a similar age.”
“Lukasz Rozanski is the one it was [to be against], the Bridgerweight champion. I did [fancy it], but seems to have been taken out of my hands now. I’d have loved to have been a two-weight world champion and I’d have 100% beat him.”
“When you look at him, I just think that I would beat him hands down, I’m a far better boxer. I’ve never really gotten to the point where I am completely out of shape and I’m not scared to take the odd slap or punch.”
Instead, reports suggest that Rozanski’s first title defence will come against current cruiserweight world champion, Badou Jack, who he is expected to face in Saudi Arabia before the end of the year.