Bellew Reveals: Andre Ward's Demands Were Too Much

Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) reveals that there were serious negotiations to make a fight with Andre Ward (32-0,16 KOs) - but their talks fell apart over money.

The Liverpool fighter claims that Ward's demands were too excessive.  

Back in March, Bellew dropped his WBC strap to make a move to the heavyweight division - where he pulled off a huge upset by stopping David Haye in eleven rounds.


Bellew was willing to return to the cruiserweight division for a fight with Ward.

Ward, who held the WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight world titles, would have made the big weight jump.

Two weeks ago, Ward - at age 32 - announced his retirement from the sport.

Bellew claims the agreement to fight Ward was close to getting done - but the Olympic gold medal winner wanted way too much to make the fight a reality.

Once the negotiations with Ward fell apart, Bellew saw the rematch with Haye as the best financial option. That deal was finalized a few days ago, for December 17th at the O2 Arena in London.

“We were close to a fight with Andre Ward, the numbers just didn't stack up and the demands were a bit too much. I have all the respect in the world for Andre Ward, he’s a fantastic fighter, he’s been a formidable title holder for a long time. He’s been pound for pound one of the best in the game, so it wasn’t really much of an option with what was on the table [in terms of what Ward wanted]. In the end I’ll go with what Eddie thinks is the right move and what my team think it the right move and that’s a fight with Hayefaker,” Bellew told

“Once the Andre Ward fight fell through, I thought there was only one fight for me. I wasn’t willing to wait until Parker and Fury had finished. Even though it was a really close fight, it could have gone either way. I just thought the biggest challenge out there and the biggest amount of respect I’m going to get is fighting David Haye."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eff Pandas on 10-03-2017

This is surprising absolutely nobody.

Comment by Cutthroat on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=jjsmyth87;18108511]Go watch the replay on youtube, the shot that made kovalev sit on the ropes was without a question a low blow, directly in the nuts and tony weeks had the perfect angle and watched it and if you cant…

Comment by b00g13man on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=BodiesInFlight;18108549]You love hash tagging like it means something here.[/QUOTE] #HashtagsRuinLives

Comment by BodiesInFlight on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=b00g13man;18105446]#WardRuinsLives[/QUOTE] You love hash tagging like it means something here.

Comment by jjsmyth87 on 10-03-2017

[QUOTE=Cutthroat;18106036]There was no low blow, Weeks said belt line was legal and that's where the punch landed. No matter how hard Kov fans try to spin it the area Ward hit was not his nuts, it's physically impossible. I mean…

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