Tony Bellew has stated that he would very much like to face David Haye, but would like to take an interim fight, while they wait for their fight.
The fight scheduled for December 17 had to be postponed, after Haye sustained a bicep injury, with the rematch rescheduled for next year.
“I am looking at a postponement and getting it on in the first couple of weeks in March,” Bellew told Sky Sports News. “But can David be ready? Can he be trusted?
“Ideally I’d like to take a bout before. I want to stay busy, I’ve been known my whole career as an active fighter. I will have been out of the ring for a year, and that’s not good for me. This is a job, I’ve got a family to feed.
“Maybe David will take an interim fight, and I’ll take one too. Maybe, down the line, we meet again. I do want to face David Haye – I want to put it to rest. I’ve always been a massive underdog. People said I was crazy [before the first fight] but look what happened.”
“It’s heart-breaking, it’s devastating,” Bellew said of Haye’s withdrawal. “To get the phone call that David is out was a shattering blow. I’ve spent thousands of pounds on a camp. I’ve been in camp for 10 weeks of a 14-week camp. My trainer, Dave Coldwell, has spent half that time coming to Liverpool to help me get over the personal problems that I’ve had.
“This is the fourth fight that David has pulled out of in his last eight scheduled bouts. Once against Wladimir Klitschko, two against Tyson Fury and now me. He has torn some serious muscle groups in his body. Both biceps, his Achilles, his hamstring – what is going to go next?
“I’m not too sure I can wait around for this to happen again.”