By Paul J Daley
Since stopping David Haye it is thought that Tony “Bomber” Bellew will stick around the sports top division in the hope of securing another big money fight, which hasn’t gone unnoticed to the sharks circling with an assortment of heavyweights already showing an interest in calling out the Liverpudlian, the latest being Dillian Whyte who yesterday labelled Bellew a “Fake Heavyweight”
The domestic clash between the two men was dismissed out of hand last week by Bellew who is now recovering from a hand injury whilst assessing his options, although Whyte believes he is the man who is the more recognisable amongst the shortlist of combatants wanting to get a crack at Bellew.
“I’m one of the highest ranked heavyweights across the board, outside the champions,” Whyte exclusively told Sky Sports.
“Tony Bellew says ‘I wouldn’t fight you, because you picked David Haye to knock me out in six rounds’. I’m like dude, even your sponsor on your shorts picked David Haye to knock you out. That’s why you were 16-1 or something silly like that. Stop talking rubbish and let’s fight.
“If you want to prove yourself as a true heavyweight then fight me.
“Me versus Bellew will make more money than any other fight he can get at the minute. Trust me, that’s a fact. I’m a bigger name here than Joseph Parker or Deontay Wilder.”
Haye who fought through a ruptured Achilles is still thought to be the front-runner for Bellew’s next fight but Whyte told reporters that he should retire.
“Everything has got its sell-by date and David’s sell-by date has passed,” said ‘The Body Snatcher’.
“Bellew struggled to knock out a one-legged man. He didn’t even knock him out properly.
“If he is struggling to knock out a one-legged man, how is he going to knockout a true heavyweight who always shows up to fight? It’s impossible.”
Whyte vowed to make Bellew regret his words if they ever share the ring in the future.
“He’s a fake heavyweight and he should go back to cruiserweight,” said Whyte. “If he wants to stay at heavyweight, he needs to prove to me and the world that he’s a natural heavyweight.
“I would knock Tony Bellew out in the first six rounds.”