Bellew wants boxing bout with Bisping

Boxer Tony Bellew is happy to follow in Floyd Mayweather’s footsteps by stepping into the ring against UFC champion Michael Bisping.

Mayweather faces Conor McGregor in a mega-money Las Vegas showdown next week and it has sparked several similar proposals for cross-codes encounters.

UFC middleweight champion Bisping is due to face the returning Georges St-Pierre in the Octagon in November, but has confirmed he is “100 per cent” eager to face Bellew.

And the former WBC cruiserweight champion – who beat David Haye back in March – would be happy to oblige, either in a boxing bout or mixed martial arts encounter.

“He’s saying he’d happily entertain me in a boxing ring, I’d be happy to do one of each,” Bellew said.

“We can start with the boxing – but I’m not too sure he’d want to come near me again once I’d hit him with a certain punch in the boxing world.

“It wouldn’t bother me in the slightest whether I am getting in a cage or a boxing ring.

“I couldn’t believe it – I’m still in shock. I’m absolutely amazed that Michael Bisping wants to get knocked out in a boxing ring.

“I’m not too sure if his next fight with Georges St-Pierre will go ahead – if not, I’m happy to do it and he’s clearly outlining that he’s happy to do it as well. I’ll speak to [promoter] Eddie Hearn, and we’ll see how it goes. I like it. Michael Bisping is quite a name within the UFC world in America, so why not?”