Former WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) is licking his lips over the possibility of facing Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) at some point in 2018.

Bellew is scheduled for a high stakes rematch with former heavyweight champion David Haye on May 5th at the O2 Arena in London. He scored a huge upset in their first encounter, when he stopped Haye in the eleventh round last March at the same London venue.

Fury, a former WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion, has been out of the ring since shocking Wladimir Klitschko for the belts in November 2015. Fury was stripped of the IBF and dropped the remaining titles in 2016 to focus on the state of his mental health.

Fury is currently training for a planned return on a date in April.

All of the hurdles the prevented him from fighting have been cleared up. He reached a back-dated ban settlement with UK-Anti Doping, who claim the boxer tested positive for a banned substance in early 2015.

And he reached an agreement with the British Boxing Board of Control to reclaim his license to box.

Bellew has two goals in 2018.

First, he wants to retire Haye - and then he wants to follow that up by retiring Fury.

If Fury postpones his return by a few more months, Bellew is more than happy to be his comeback opponent.

"He’s allowed to fight again and I wish Fury good luck. Tyson Fury is a good guy and there’s a lot of idiots in this business. I’d love to fight him. I’d love to be his first fight back. Do I think I can beat him? Absolutely, 100 percent," Bellew told Metro. 

"It’s risk and reward at this stage in my career and Tyson Fury will be looking at it exactly the same way. Fury is coming back to boxing for the huge money fight. There are only two events that will give Fury the mega-money he wants and that’s me versus him and him vs. [Anthony] Joshua. I’m ready to face him in his first fight back, but I understand that could be risky. I could embarrass him."