By Alex Wood, courtesy of The Daily Star
TONY BELLEW says a rematch with David Haye could still be on the cards – but he’s refusing to deal with his old foe.
In a thrilling encounter, Bellew stunned the boxing world with a shock 11th round victory over Haye on March 4 this year.
The Hayemaker ruptured his Achilles in the sixth round but bravely battled on for a further five.
Bellew’s trainer David Coldwell confirmed last week that talks are taking place between the two camps regarding another clash.
Bellew, however, says he can’t be in the same room as the 36-year-old Bermondsey brawler.
“There’s still things that are being discussed,” Bellew told Starsport. “I don’t really do the discussions with him because I just think he’s a plant pot.
“I can’t be sitting at a table with him or be anywhere near him. I know people think we get on great because of how we embraced after the last fight, but the embrace was purely because he’d just secured my family’s future. I still think he’s a plonker and I don’t think he’s a nice fella. If it happens, it happens.”
Haye was widely expected to beat Bellew, 34, before the March showpiece.
But his sixth-round injury effectively made victory impossible.
Bellew says he’s keen to face a fully-fit Haye to prove once and for all that he’s the better fighter.
He added: “I want to prove people wrong again, as I still think I’ll be a massive underdog. People will always make the excuse that I only beat him because he had a sore Achilles. His exact words were: ‘I will drill you to the floor within a few rounds.’ Well, David was physically fine for five rounds. The only thing that got drilled was my fist into his mouth.”
Haye was spotted at the GQ awards last week socialising with Anthony Joshua.
The 27-year-old defeated heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko in April and will now face Kubrat Pulev on October 28 in Cardiff.
Haye admitted he fancies facing Joshua, but Bellew says he’s dreaming.
“He would go to the opening of an envelope. He will go absolutely anywhere," said Bellew who was speaking to celebrate the launch of Papa John's new Deep Crust pizza.
“What’s he doing at the GQ awards? All he’s done is get spanked by me. He just can’t give up the limelight. He’s saying things to get attention, of course he’s having a laugh. I can’t live with the likes of Anthony Joshua. He’s too big, too strong and too good.
“David’s the same height as me with basically the same frame. The only thing is he carries a bit more muscle."