Parker wants Bellew after Hughie Fury
By Scott Gilfoid: After his arguably very, very tainted win over an injured David Haye last Saturday, Tony Bellew will be getting a title shot against WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker if the New Zealander defeats challenger Hughie Fury in their upcoming fight. Parker was planning on facing WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder after he takes care of business against the light hitting Hughie, but now he’s turned his sights towards Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs) after his 11th round TKO victory over Haye last Saturday.
Parker likely sees what I see in Bellew and believes it’ll be like taking candy from a baby. Bellew barely was beating a one-legged Haye. That was the sad part. The fight was being fought on even terms even with Haye limping around the ring. I gave Haye rounds 9 and 10 based on aggression and his cleaner landing shots. Heck, if Bellew can’t even beat a one-legged Haye, then how is he going to defeat a healthy Parker?
“Tony Bellew, [if] all goes well May 6, I’ll fight you next at the 02 no problem 🇬🇧,” said Parker on his social media site.
So there is it. Parker is saying he’ll throw a bone to Bellew and give him a title shot straightaway once he takes care of young Hughie on May 6. I think I speak for a lot of boxing fans when I saw that’s a terrible fight. Parker, 25, is WAY too good for Bellew, and it’ll be a terrible mismatch. I think Parker should take the fight with Deontay. That’s the fight the boxing world wants to see, not him beating up on a blown up light heavyweight. I would say blown up cruiserweight, but Bellew is really a light heavyweight with his frame. He’s not a solid cruiserweight.
Anyway, I don’t think Bellew and his promoter Eddie Hearn will take the fight with Parker. I think Hearn wants Bellew to fight either Deontay or more like Joshua. If Hearn throws Bellew into the ring with Parker, it’ll be like feeding him to a lion and there likely won’t be as much money for Bellew compare to what he can get if he faces Deontay or Joshua.
The biggest money fight Bellew an get is probably Joshua followed by Deontay and then Parker. But even if the Parker fight gives Bellew more money than he can get against Deontay, I don’t see him taking that fight. Parker isn’t a big name yet. He’s still pretty young. Getting royally whipped by Parker isn’t the same thing as getting smashed by Deontay or Joshua.
”Funny Tony Bellew struggled to beat a one legged David Haye and now he thinks he’s the next Muhammad Ali #FakeHeavyweight @SkySports Boxing,” said Dillian Whyte.
Bellew definitely did struggle like crazy to beat Haye. That was so ugly to watch. Bellew couldn’t even put away a one-legged Haye. You know things are bad when you’ve got a fighter that can’t even dominate a guy fighting on one leg. Bellew was being fought to a literal stand still by Haye, and now he wants to fight for a world title.