Bellew teases boxing comeback with Paul but faces two big obstacles

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Tony Bellew has revealed that he may consider a return to the ring if he is given a ‘meaningful fight’ for ‘big money’. The former cruiserweight world champion mentioned Jake Paul as a name that would get him back in the gym but isn’t confident any promoter will be able to match his demands.

Bellew doubts that anyone will be able to put up the funds required to tempt him out of retirement and that isn’t the only obstacle he faces. Ahead of his final dance in 2018 against Oleksandr Usyk, the Liverpudlian had to do a lot of persuading in order to get his wife on board with the idea.

Bellew had promised to step away from the sport after beating David Haye twice but after watching Usyk box Murat Gassiev in the World Boxing Super Series final, The Bomber was adamant he could beat the then undisputed champion.

“I said to the Mrs., ‘I need to do this fight,'” Bellew told Sporting News. “She was like, ‘You said this was over.’ I was like, ‘Just one more time.’ She was like, ‘No, I’m not having it. You said it was over. I let you do the last one with that Haye thing because you gave me your word and I understood that.

“I don’t get this. You’ve got everything that you need. We’re happy. We’re secure. Everything is done. Why do you need to do it?’”

Four years later he would face an even bigger mountain to get his family on board. In his latest DAZN column, penned today, Bellew toyed with the idea of return.


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“If I was coming back, then it would have to be in a meaningful fight and there’s a number that would get me back in the gym,” he wrote. “These YouTubers and crossover boxers are making a lot of noise at the moment, and you have seen earlier this year that Jake Paul had a few things to say.

“If the right amount of money was put in front of me to shut one of these up then I’d be happy to oblige, but I don’t think you’ll see that. These people aren’t serious about fighting me and I don’t think there’s a promoter who would put up the money I want. 

“For now, I’m content with my life and everything I have going on around me. Boxing will always be a major part of my life, and even though other fighters from my era are getting back in the ring, it doesn’t mean I will. I’m enjoying being at the shows offering my opinions and guiding fighters, but as for fighting again, you can probably rule that out, but never say never.”

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