Hearn on Bellew's Options: Fury, Adonis Stevenson, Andre Ward

Eddie Hearn, promoter for Tony Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs), says his boxer has a three man shortlist of potential opponents for his next fight.

But that shortlist does not include the winner of today's World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament - as undefeated world champions Murat Gassiev and Oleksrandr Usyk battle for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF world titles.

"I don't think so [about the Usyk-Gassiev winner]," Hearn said to Sky Sports. "I don't think the money is there for that fight [against either guy]. He wants those fights, but it's my job as well to say 'That's a very, very dangerous fight. I'm not letting you take that fight for a third of what you got against David Haye.'"

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After back to back wins over former heavyweight champion David Haye, Bellew is looking for the biggest opportunity possible.

Hearn believes those big options include former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, retired two division world champion Andre Ward, and WBC lightweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who in 2013 scored a knockout win over Bellew at 175-pounds.

"I think there's three fights for him," Hearn told Sky Sports. "One is Tyson Fury, which isn't going to happen any time soon.

"No 2 is Andre Ward, who is obviously retired, but I think would come back, and the other one who has reached out is Adonis Stevenson. I guess a catchweight [for Stevenson], because Tony is at heavy. Tony likes the idea of that, because he wants to do a job on him after being knocked out in Canada."

Fury returns to the ring next month in Belfast. Ward retired from boxing last year and appears to be comfortable in that position - which leaves Stevenson as the most likely option - if both sides can reach an agreement on the weight.

If Bellew decides to retire from the sport, Hearn will not have a problem with that either.

"I said to Tony, 'Just go on your honeymoon, have a break, and then we'll talk when you get back'," Hearn said.

"He's achieved more in his career than everyone ever expected. He's got a wonderful life, he's got a lovely wife, he's got three great kids, made a huge amount of money, so if he stepped away from the sport now, I would be more than happy as well."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kej718 on 07-21-2018

Stevenson is old and didn't look good his last fight so most likely it will be him.

Comment by kej718 on 07-21-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18955445]But that shortlist does not include the winner of today's World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament - [B]as undefeated world champions Murat Gassiev and Oleksrandr Usyk battle for the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF world titles.[/B] "I don't think so [about…

Comment by SchoolTheseCats on 07-21-2018

[QUOTE=jas;18955270]- bt sport dont want it to be bellew and fury knows he isnt ready - stevenson fight isnt big enough - might be ward and if it is confirms to me ward retires to cycle peds because vada and…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 07-21-2018

my fave is ward at 200. would luv to see ward fight haye then top cruiserweight. i think he outclassed bellew btw but itd be damn good. bellew would def have a go at him.

Comment by Songbird on 07-21-2018

one fight with that joker haye and hes sorted for life, wow lucky people in the uk buy ppv's between retired over the hill spoofers and near nobodies

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