Bellew open to facing Parker

Tony Bellew admits he is open to facing Joseph Parker for the New Zealander’s WBO world title.

Former cruiserweight world champion Bellew successfully moved into the heavyweight division with his win over fellow Brit David Haye last March, to put him in line for a title shot.

Parker will face the undefeated Hughie Fury in Manchester in September, but Bellew could be next in the queue.

"Look Joseph Parker is heavyweight champion of the world and I am definitely interested in facing him," said Bellew.

"Joseph is a unit, he's a heavyweight. Listen there is no such thing as a small heavyweight. I am not small, he is not small.

"I believe me and Joseph Parker make for a very good fight because he's a 'come forward' style fighter, I am a box fighter, it has all the earmarks of a classic fight.

"If it makes pounds it makes sense and believe you me it will make a lot of pounds."

"We will see how the negotiations go. My team and Joseph's team are speaking and we are getting somewhere so the future is bright.

"I like the Joseph Parker fight. He's the heavyweight champion of the world. It does have a certain ring to it so I do like the thought of it."

The winner of a Parker-Bellew bout could be in line for a shot at WBA, IBF and IBO champion Anthony Joshua.

However, Parker is not the only potential opponent for Bellew. A rematch with Haye a possibility, as is a clash against light heavyweight champion Andre Ward.