With former unified world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury looking like he could return to the ring in 2018, names have been popping for who could fight Fury and Tony Bellew is just the latest name being popped up.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports there is a possibility the Fury could be fighting Bellew sometime in 2018, if all goes well.
"I believe you will see Bellew vs. Fury in 2018 but it won't be the next one. My plan for Tony Bellew is to beat David Haye then fight Tyson Fury. By the time he beats Haye, the Fury [anti-doping hearing] situation may be in the clear. Tony has had discussions with Fury. We have had discussions. I spoke to Fury about that fight," Hearn said.
Bellew was set to fight David Haye in December, but Haye suffered a biceps injury during training camp, forcing the fight to be postponed. As Hearn previously mentioned, the fight, which is a rematch from their March fight, is being looked at being rescheduled for some time in March or May 2018.
While Bellew is not the top opponent for Fury, that honor goes to unified WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Fury has expressed interest in fighting the former cruiserweight champion. The main focus for Fury at the moment is actually getting his boxing license reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control and clearing his drug suspension by the U.K. Anti-Doping Agency, Fury has not fought since beating Wladimir Klitschko in late 2015.
Hearn said that he plans to soon talk to both Bellew and MTK Global, the promotion company that Fury recently signed, about making the fight happen.