Boxing: Tony Bellew hints at UFC switch


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Tony Bellew has suggested he could move over to UFC once hanging up his boxing gloves and opened up about the possibility of going toe-to-toe with Michael Bisping.

Former WBA cruiserweight champion Bellew is in the final stages of his preparations for the eagerly-anticipated heavyweight rematch against ex-WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye at the O2 Arena on May 5.

‘The Bomber’ defeated his fellow Brit by TKO back in April and the Liverpudlian is 3.00 to win again.

The draw is priced at 23.00 whilst ‘The Hayemaker is the firm 1.40 favourite.

Bellew’s is already thinking about what he will do after retiring from boxing and he has talked up the possibility of starting a career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

UFC star Conor McGregor made the crossover to boxing for a one-off fight with Floyd Mayweather as the American boxer picked up a TKO win at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Bellew is yet to put a timeframe on when he will hang up his gloves but has revealed his desire to jump into the Octagon with former UFC middleweight champion Bisping.

“I would turn his lights out. He would go fast asleep. He would just go co-cozing immediately,” he said on talkSPORT.

“If I hit someone with four-ounce gloves on, mate, it is naughty.

“Bisping can talk – and you know what, I would love it. But I’ve got all the respect in the world for Bisping, I wouldn’t cross over to be nasty or anything. I’m pretty sure it would just be fun.”

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