Tony Bellew says he will only have three more fights if he decides to continue boxing
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 30/03/17 3:47pm
Tony Bellew has revealed that he wants a maximum of just three more fights before he announces his retirement from boxing.
The Merseysider will discuss his future on a family holiday and could still call time on his ring career, despite being linked with a number of lucrative fights after his stunning victory over David Haye.
Bellew's reign as WBC cruiserweight king was ended this week as he was named 'emeritus champion' while he considers his options, but the 34-year-old says he might still attempt to regain the belt after targeting a heavyweight world title.
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"Listen, I might never fight again, that's the absolute fact of the matter," Bellew exclusively told Sky Sports.
"I'm going to go away for a little break with my family and when I get back I'll have news. I'm going to take a little bit of time to reflect on everything that has happened.
Three, because I'll win the heavyweight championship and I would need two fights to unify the cruiserweight championship, so that's why.
Tony Bellew on maximum number of fights
"I'm going to go on holiday and we're going to see how it goes when I get back. I'll know exactly what path I'm going to go down and what I'm going to do."
Asked for a maximum number of fights, Bellew said: "Three, because I'll win the heavyweight championship and I would need two fights to unify the cruiserweight championship, so that's why."
Bellew suffered a hand injury during his 11th round stoppage of Haye and will know within the next fortnight whether he needs to undergo surgery.
"I've got a fracture on my knuckle, so I'm waiting to see if it calcifies on its own, which hopefully it will do," he said.
"If it doesn't calcify on its own, then I'm going to have surgery in two weeks' time."
Marco Huck will battle Mairis Briedis to become the WBC's new cruiserweight champion in Dortmund this Saturday and Bellew did not want to stand in the way of this title bout.
"I'm the proudest WBC champion there has ever been. People have no idea how proud I am of owning that belt," said Bellew.
"It's been going on for the last week and we finally reached an agreement. It's fair to the WBC and it's fair to Mairis Briedis, who is fighting a brilliant fighter in Marco Huck.
"Let them contest the belt and then move on from there."