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Tony Bellew targeting return to the ring but says a David Haye rematch unlikely


By Liam Blackburn

Tony Bellew is aiming to return to the ring in December but admits a heavyweight rematch with David Haye is looking increasingly unlikely.

Five months ago, Liverpudlian Bellew made the step up to heavyweight to face Haye, who was stopped in the 11th round of a bout in which he suffered a ruptured Achilles.

Bellew, 34, sustained a broken hand himself and revealed that he would consider retirement, but is now back training six times a week to keep himself in shape for another fight in 2017.

That may not be against Haye given how difficult negotiations have proved, with Bellew also considering meeting undefeated light-heavyweight champion Andre Ward or WBO heavyweight belt holder Joseph Parker.

"I am going to go out some time in December," Bellew confirmed. "We've sat down with Andre Ward's team, I've personally sat down with Joseph Parker and his team, and I leave Eddie (Hearn) to deal with the other fella (Haye) from London.

"I'm further away than ever with the Haye fight. I'm a lot closer to the Andre Ward fight.

"I've already shocked the world. I don't care if people think I won because of that injury.

"Hopefully it can happen again so I can prove to everyone I can beat him no matter what; if it doesn't, so be it."

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