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Bellew eyeing up Fury clash at OT; BOXING.

Byline: SHELDAN KEAY

TYSON Fury could potentially face Tony Bellew at Old Trafford later this year - if Bellew can defeat David Haye in their rematch on May 5. Bellew faces Haye at the O2 Arena, 14 months after he won the initial meeting between the two by 11th-round stoppage back in March 2017.

If victorious, Bellew would be open to the possibility of fighting Manchester's former heavyweight world champion Fury, with the two men regularly going back and forth with each other on social media.

United's Old Trafford could be the venue after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he had been talking to the club about potentially staging an event there in September, and big Everton fan Bellew believes it would be a suitable venue.

"Me and Fury? Old Trafford sounds nice doesn't it, Old Trafford on a summer's night," said Bellew.

"If I'm healthy and I'm fit and safe after May 5, why wouldn't I entertain Tyson Fury? "He's bigger than me - he's heavier than me but that's where the advantages stop.

"He's slower than me, and I actually punch harder than Tyson Fury.

"You can't just go missing for two years and come back and expect to be the same, he's not going to be the same, I'm going to prove that."

But Fury hit back on Twitter, saying: "Have a day off Tony, I can, I'll be better."

Fury - who beat Wladimir Klitschko on points in his last fight in 2015 to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles - is yet to fight since being given the green light to make his return to the ring following his anti-doping hearing.

No date has been set for his comeback, but Fury has lost a considerable amount of weight, having recently revealed he was down to 18 stone 10 pounds, having been over 25 stone at one stage.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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