Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn has warned lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 25-0 (18) against chasing a fight with former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew 30-2-1 (20), who turned back the challenge of the semi-retired David Haye 28-4 (26) at heavyweight for the second time last weekend.
Bellew, a blown-up cruiserweight who started his pro career as a light heavyweight, stopped the 37-year-old Londoner in the fifth round of their rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. The fight was a rematch of their bout at the same venue in March last year that the 35-year-old Liverpudlian won by 11th round stoppage after Haye blew out his Achilles tendon in the middle rounds and was unable to finish the fight on his feet.
Fury, who has been on the sidelines for two-and-a-half years as he battled problems with drug abuse and depression, is due back in the ring on June 9 at Manchester Arena against an opponent to be named.
This week Fury showed off his new svelte physique after blowing up in weight to an estimated 25 stone. Dressed in nothing but a colourful pair “Hippy Jungle OddBalls”, Fury was promoting the men’s cancer charity the Oddballs Foundation.
Hearn has laughed off the idea of Fury being matched with his cruiserweight star in what would be just his third fight at heavyweight – and first one against an opponent not named David Haye.
“He [Fury] is not a puncher,” Hearn said while speaking on Behind The Gloves at London’s O2 Arena. “He doesn’t punch like [Deontay] Wilder or [Anthony] Joshua.
“He is very good, but if Bellew boxed Fury now, he’d beat him.”
Hearn did give Fury credit for defeating long-time heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, but noted that passage of time since that fight.
“Would he [Bellew] beat the guy that beat Klitschko?” asked Hearn. “Probably not – but he’s not that guy at the moment.”