Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that Tony Bellew could take on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in his next fight after he overcame David Haye on Saturday night.
WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew went into Saturday’s clash as the huge underdog but he managed to stop Haye in the 11th round in a bruising encounter at the 02 Arena.
Bellew had stepped up to heavyweight for the first time and he could now stay at that weight after a solid display.
The WBC cruiserweight champion did not look out of his depth but was helped massively when Haye suffered an injury that ruined his chances.
Haye seemed to hurt his Achilles halfway through the fight and fought on with one leg as he tried to land the knockout blow.
He eventually lost when his corner threw the towel in but both fighters discussed a rematch in their post-fight interviews.
However, Hearn urged Bellew to consider a heavyweight showdown with Wilder in the near future following his upset win.
He told Sky Sports: “If you beat Haye, who professes to be one of the best heavyweights in the world, then Deontay Wilder or Joseph Parker – why not?
“One of the biggest fights in British boxing history [Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko] is April 29 – I believe Britain can have two world heavyweight champions because I believe he can beat Wilder and Parker.
Why not? “People have been writing him off for his whole career.”