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Tyson Fury offers to fight Bellew in place of injured Haye


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David Haye’s freak injury, postponing his rematch against Tony Bellew, could open the door for a Tyson Fury and Bellew bout.

WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew, 34, had stopped the former heavyweight world champion Haye, 37, in the 11th round of their fight in March.

The pair were due to fight in a rematch on December 17th at a sell-out O2 Arena in London although this will now be held on 24 March or 5 May 2018 after Haye tore his bicep earlier this week.

"After a freak accident during a stair conditioning session, which I've done with no incident hundreds of times, I lost my footing and slipped," Haye said.

"I instinctively grabbed the banister to stop myself toppling down the stairwell. In doing so I somehow managed to damage my biceps.”

Fury, 29, who is without a boxing license and has not fought since defeating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, has offered to replace Haye and fight Bellew.

Speaking in a video on his official Instagram account, Fury said: "I just heard that David Haye has pulled out against Tony.

"I'll be ready, willing and waiting to fight Tony Bellew, May 5, O2 Arena, London.

"Like I said before Tony, you want to fight a real man, you want to fight the best heavyweight in the world, the heavyweight that beat everybody else, the heavyweight that never lost a fight, the real heavyweight champion of the world. I'm ready and waiting.”

Such a bout though seems unlikely, Bellew has always rejected any suggestion that he would fight Anthony Joshua due to the size difference and Fury is 7 cm taller than the WBA and IBF world champion.

Bellew’s trainer, Dave Coldwell told Boxing News Online: “He’s too big. That’s not a fight I would entertain whatsoever.”

Bellew himself has yet to respond although speaking to the Liverpool Echo in April earlier this year he said, “I like Tyson, we get on great. Could we sit down and get it on? We’ve had talks. It’s a possibility.”

Fury however, must firstly wait for the outcome of a UK Anti-Doping hearing before he can commit to a fight against Bellew.

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