It appears a fight between Tyson Fury and Tony Bellew could be in the works after both boxers opened the door to the all-English clash.
Fury made a winning return to boxing on Saturday night, although it failed to excite as his opponent Sefer Seferi retired after just four rounds.
The Manchester fight, where a brawl in the stands drew more attention than the action in the ring, was the first stage of Fury’s comeback after the best part of three years out.
The rumours are already flying about the Gypsy King’s next opponent, and Fury’s promoter Frank Warren opened the door to a bout against Bellew, telling BT Sport after the fight: “Tony Bellew? Absolutely, we’d go for that before the end of the year. Not a problem.”
Bellew responded on Twitter, warning Fury he would knock out the 6ft 9in former champion if they met…
He added to talkSPORT on Monday: “I just don’t believe he could beat me.
“The only thing he has over me is size and reach, and I can combat those things.
“I’m quicker than him, I hit harder than him, I’ve got faster feet than him.
“Let’s not forget, for a heavyweight, Tyson Fury is very fast. He’s got good feet for a heavyweight.
“But I’m not a heavyweight, I’ m a cruiserweight. I’m much faster, I pose a lot more of a threat.
“I hit much harder than Steve Cunningham and he put a prime and in shape Tyson Fury flat on his back.”
Fury taunts Sefer Seferi during Saturday’s comeback fight in Manchester
Fury beat American fighter Cunningham back in 2013 via a seventh round knockout, but the Brit was forced to fight back from being knocked down in the second round to win.
Asked how close a bout between Bellew and Fury is right now, the Liverpudlian added: “I’d do it, mate. I really would. The ball is in his court.
“If they want to make the fight happen and he speaks to his management, we can make it happen.
“I’m happy to do it, I think it would fill a football stadium and I think the press conference alone would get millions of views.
“I’m happy to do it.”
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