7 Mar 2017

Bellew may quit boxing before taking on Parker

6:30 am on 7 March 2017

The British boxer Tony Bellew says he is considering retirement following his surprise victory over bitter rival David Haye in London at the weekend.

Tony Bellew knocks down David Haye 2017.

Tony Bellew knocks down David Haye 2017. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

But the 34 year old Liverpudlian admitted that an offer for one further fight could be too lucrative to turn down.

"I don't know how many times more I can put my body and family through this," Bellew told the BBC.

Asked whether the Haye bout would be his last, he added: "It's an option. It's something I'm thinking about."

WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew defied most predictions to beat Haye, who was affected by a torn Achilles tendon, on his heavyweight debut, and he now has 29 wins and a draw from 32 fights.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said after the fight that representatives of American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and WBO champion Joseph Parker of New Zealand had contacted him about a potential fight.

Bellew said "I have a lot of options. If people want to come and talk to me... I don't know what's going to happen, but it will have to be something special.

"I am the best heavyweight in the world outside the champions, and none of them have a name like David Haye on their record, so what does that mean?

"David Haye was like the bogeyman of the division. Nobody wanted to fight him but the fat cruiserweight did. And you know what? He beat him too. Just let that sink in."