Britain’s Tony Bellew still retains hope of winning a world heavyweight title but says he will not fight Anthony Joshua.
Tony Bellew still retains hope of winning a world heavyweight title but says he will not fight fellow Briton Anthony Joshua.
WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew, 34, produced an upset to stop David Haye in a heavyweight contest last month.
But when asked if he would fight WBA and IBF champion Joshua, Bellew said, “Absolutely not. I don’t need that kind of fight. He’s far too good for me.”
His promoter Eddie Hearn said he could fight WBO champion Joseph Parker next.
New Zealand’s Parker, 25, will defend his title against Romanian Razvan Cojanu in Auckland next weekend.
Speaking after Joshua’s 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko, Bellew said, “I’m still dreaming about winning the heavyweight world title but a different portion to the one AJ has.”
The Liverpudlian said he was considering retirement following his surprise victory over Haye last month on his heavyweight debut.
But on fighting Parker, he added, “I say Eddie knows what he’s doing.”