Tony Bellew has laughed off Dillian Whyte's description of him as a "fake heavyweight" by admitting he is "fat," but has no interest in fighting the Brixton man.
The Merseysider is considering his future plans after a stunning victory over David Haye this month and has suggested he will stay at heavyweight.
Whyte was umimpressed with Bellew's victory, telling the WBC cruiserweight champion that he did not belong in the top division, and 'The Bomber' has issued a dismissive response.
"I am a fat heavyweight, not fake," Bellew told Sky Sports. "That's the first part, instead of fake.
"Thank you very much for the publicity, but I refuse to give it back."
WBC champion Deontay Wilder and WBO title holder Joseph Parker are on a shortlist of possible opponents for Bellew, while a rematch with Haye is another option after both British rivals recover from their injuries.
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But the 34-year-old has ruled out Whyte, who is expected to fight on the Kell Brook-Errol Spence Jr undercard on May 27.
Bellew said: "All I will say is, why I am going to go from fighting the former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, the former heavyweight champion of the world, to fighting someone who got knocked out for a British title?"