Tony Bellew wants to fight David Haye at cruiserweight
By James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 30/05/16 1:57pm
New world champion Tony Bellew has told David Haye to return to cruiserweight and stop fighting ‘clowns’.
Bellew enjoyed his greatest moment on Sunday night by becoming WBC cruiserweight champion at Goodison Park with a third-round knockout of Ilunga Makabu but has already turned his attention to a blockbuster all-British clash.
Former unified world cruiserweight champion Haye has returned to the ring this year as a heavyweight, beating the unheralded Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj, but Bellew has demanded he drops back down.
You've gone long enough fighting those clowns.
Tony Bellew to David Haye
"You've gone long enough fighting those clowns," he told Sky Sports after beating Makabu.
"I just beat the best cruiserweight in the world, I'm the best now."
Peter Fury, uncle and trainer to world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who twice had fights with Haye cancelled, immediately reacted with a Twitter post saying: "Top words, put Haye into perspective."
Bellew wins Goodison fairytale
Tony Bellew knocks out Ilunga Makabu to win WBC world cruiserweight title at Goodison Park
Bellew is joined as a current cruiserweight champion by the WBA and IBF's Denis Lebedev and the WBO's Krzysztof Glowacki.
Bellew chose to call-out Lebedev, who could afford him the chance to unify championships, but insisted they would have to meet on his terms.
"I'm the best, I don't care what they all say," he said. "Denis Lebedev, I'm not coming to Russia. Come and get this, baby, because I've got the main belt now.
"I'm the man to beat in this division, come and get this."