Bomber’s coach Dave Coldwell has revealed the cruiserweight champ has spotted the weak link in the top division
TONY BELLEW has his eyes on heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s title – as the smallest man in the giant division – according to his coach.
Boxing trainer Dave Coldwell has admitted The Bomber has completely ruled out continuing his career in the top division with fights against monsters Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
But the WBC cruiserweight king – fresh from his grudge win over David Haye – would take on New Zealander Parker, if he keeps the belt out of Hughie Fury’s hands on May 6.
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Coldwell told Boxing News: “If he was to carry on I genuinely think it would be one last fight and that would be it. It’s selecting that fight carefully.
“If Joseph Parker beats Hughie Fury, which is by no means a given, but if Parker were to beat Fury then Parker’s six foot four, he’s about 17st but he’s not the finished article he’s not an absolute killer.
“He’s a decent fighter that’s coming through, I know he’s got a version of the title but he’s still a fighter that’s a work in progress.”
Parker is clearly the easiest target in the weight class, with only a handful of his 22 wins outside his New Zealand home.
Olympic golden boy and IBF boss AJ has less professional experience but Coldwell takes no shame in admitting he is too much for his man to bite off.
Coldwell said: “Forget Joshua that’s not even a name that’s come into the equation.
“He’s just absolutely massive, he’s a completely different animal.”
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And even Hughie’s cousin – former champ Tyson Fury – is too much of a miss-match for the Everton fan.
Speaking about the chance of Bellew facing the Traveller, Coldwell said: “Way too big, not just too big but too big and too tricky.
“He knows his way around a boxing ring and he knows how to use his size.
“It’s not about the body, it’s what you can do with that body and Fury, he knows how to get the best out of his body in a fight in the boxing ring.
“His sheer size and his long arms and his long legs, no.”
Colwell would love to see Bellew retire now, at the top of the tree, but he understands his last win has opened up doors and the chance to make life-changing money.
He said: “The fights that have been mentioned – and the kind of money you’re talking about for those fights – dwarves anything he can earn at cruiserweight.
“And if he can have one more fight, it doesn’t make sense to take a fight at cruiserweight against someone else that’s just as tricky, just as hard a fight.
“All the fights are going to be difficult, when you’re faced with difficult fights, why not take the ones that are going to make you better money?
“I would still like him to retire but I totally understand the money that people are talking about for the fights that are out there for him.
“It’s just fantastic and if that’s sort of money then I understand if he has one more fight to go out on.”