Yesterday news was centered about the somewhat surprising pull out from David Haye from his December 17th bout with Tony Bellew. We have seen pull outs from David Haye through out his career so purely as fan i am somewhat used to these situations regarding David. It is a shame that injury has once against struck the Hayemake and at the age of 38, you need to question that can his body hold up after a long amateur & professional career.
Tony Bellew on the other hand now seemingly has a lot of time available on his hands and who has been in training camp split between Liverpool and Rotherham for some time. Tony is the type of fighter who wont let the efforts of camp life going to waste. Tony if he was to wait for David Haye to get fit and healthy following his bicep injury could be waiting for a period of 4-6 months if David’s suggested fight dates for the rematch are correct. Date’s from Haye are being suggested as being March 24th or May 5th 2018.
So what if Tony decides to box in the interim ? well he does have several options on the table. However it is unclear what contractual clauses are in his bout agreement regarding a pull out from Haye. Does he have to wait or can he do as he pleases. So what are the realistic options for then bomber.
An obvious options comes in the form of Dillian Whyte. The Brixton heavyweight is hardly the biggest fan of the Liverpudlian, regularly calling Tony a fake heavyweight, the bellend (similar to the antics of Haye in the pairs first bout) and regarding Tony as easy work. Tony is not exactly the biggest fan of Whyte also, with the pair clashing on social media frequently in 2017. The bout if it was to be agreed could well serve as an final eliminator within the WBC heavyweight ranks, with both men ranked within the top five of the organisation. The bout could well see the winner be made mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder (WBC world champion) if Wilder is unsuccessful in securing a bout with unified title holder Anthony Joshua.
WBO world heavyweight title holder Joseph Parker is also a very viable option also. It is commonly known that the handler’s of Parker Duco events have held talks with Matchroom Boxing regarding a bout with Bellew following his victory over David Haye in March. On paper it is seen by many as arguably the most get able world title opportunity for Bellew at heavyweight, with a strong possibility of securing a clash with Parker on UK shores and not New Zealand. Parker and his promotional team regularly explore international opportunities because of the lack of infrastructure within professional boxing within New Zealand. It is hardly a hotbed boxing nor is it established in the professional code of the sport. However it is developing with the continued success of Parker.
Other logical names to throw into the hat include the likes of Lucas Browne and Kubrat Pulev, who are not tied up at the minute. Although Lucas Browne is apparently in talks with Joseph Parker for a bout which is in the works in the new year.
Tyson Fury has also thrown his hat into the ring to face Tony Bellew and replace David Haye for the December 17th date. However this is problematic due to Fury currently not in possession of a boxing licence and issues regarding UKAD and the BBBofC, which are set to be heard in December.
Bellew a former world champion at cruiserweight, could return to the division in the interim also. However with almost all the current title holders currently occupied with the World Boxing Super Series, options are somewhat limited.
The obvious option on the table would be Denis Lebedev, the current WBA (super) champion at cruiserweight. Lebedev is the most notable name who is not competing in the boxing series. A proven known entity and the long time holder of the title of the premier cruiserweight in the division till his defeat to Murat Gassiev in 2016.
Other names however at cruiserweight who are not tied up are currently coming off defeats from the WBSS. Dmitry Kudryashov, Mike Perez, Marco Huck, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk are all available if Bellew is open to returning to the cruiserweight mix.
Krzysztof Glowacki was another name who wasnt involved in the WBSS, a former WBO world title holder has a notable victory over Marco Huck and who’s style would blend well with Bellew and arguably provide the best spectacle for the fight fan.
Options are seemingly aplenty for Bellew, however how many of these bouts mentioned would provide the financial incentive for Tony ? i reckon personally only a handful so we could very well be waiting till David Haye is fully fit to see both men return in the ring.