Tony Bellew is tempted to challenge WBO champion Joseph Parker instead of rematch with David Haye

Tony Bellew appears in good spirits during a press conference at The O2
Image: Tony Bellew is considering his options after beating David Haye in March

Tony Bellew says he would prefer to challenge WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker rather than a rematch with David Haye.

The Merseysider is yet to name his next opponent following his stunning victory over Haye in March and expects to recover from hand injuries in time to return in November or December.

But Haye could be forced to wait for a second bout with Bellew, who is swaying towards a world title fight as he considers his options, with his sights set on WBO title holder Parker or WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Joseph Parker
Image: Joseph Parker could be forced to face Hughie Fury before a fight with Bellew

Parker must still face mandatory challenger Hughie Fury after defending his belt with a points win over replacement opponent Razvan Cojanu last month, although a rescheduled date is yet to be announced after the British fighter suffered a back injury.

Asked about a Haye rematch, Bellew exclusively told Sky Sports: "Before the year is out, I'll be back in November or December.

There is unfinished business with Haye, but in all honesty I love the thought of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, so my preference will be Parker.
Tony Bellew

"It's him or Parker. Wilder is still out there and I've put out a tweet to put him straight after that video that I've seen him do. It's between the three of them, it's definitely between the three of them, without a doubt.

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"There is unfinished business with Haye, but in all honesty, I love the thought of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, so my preference will be Parker."

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