British boxer Tony Bellew sees Joseph Parker as ideal opponent for career finale


British challenger Hughie Fury rates Joseph Parker the best of the current boxing world heavyweight champions.

Tony Bellew's trainer believes Joseph Parker is the right size and option if his fighter decides on a final big payday.

Cruiserweight Bellew stepped up to rock the heavyweight division with his recent knockout of David Haye.

He has talked about retirement but also admitted to being tempted by the massive money that beckons in another serious heavyweight showdown.

Tony Bellew acknowledges the crowd after beating David Haye.

Tony Bellew acknowledges the crowd after beating David Haye.

His trainer, Dave Colwell, told Boxing News it was a tricky equation but they would be guided by the physical options in front of them.

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He felt IBF champion Anthony Joshua was simply too big, former champ Tyson Fury was too big and clever, and WBC champion Deontay Wilder's size and reach also made him a questionable option.


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Parker, the smaller of the current belt holders, looked a decent alternative.

Parker fights Britain's Hughie Fury in Auckland on May 6, defending his WBO belt for the first time. He's desperate to win and make an impression on the UK market.

Bellew might be a viable option for Parker if he beats Fury and can't go down an immediate unification route.

There certainly appears to be genuine interest from the Bellew camp.

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"If Joseph Parker beats Hughie Fury, which is by no means a given, but if Parker were to beat Fury then Parker's six foot four, he's about 17st but he's not the finished article he's not an absolute killer," Colwell told Boxing News.

"He's a decent fighter that's coming through, I know he's got a version of the title but he's still a fighter that's a work in progress."

On Joshua, Colwell said: "Forget Joshua that's not even a name that's come into the equation. He's just absolutely massive, he's a completely different animal."

There were similar sentiments on Tyson Fury: "Way too big, not just too big but too big and too tricky. He knows his way around a boxing ring and he knows how to use his size. It's not about the body, it's what you can do with that body and Fury, he knows how to get the best out of his body in a fight in the boxing ring. His sheer size and his long arms and his long legs, no."

And the final option: "Wilder for me technically looks very, very poor at times but he's just very long, very, very big puncher and that's the thing. Again he's a giant."

But if money is the motivator,  Parker is the least lucrative fight, though a statement win against Fury could see his value rise in Bellew's homeland where the fight would play out.

Colwell said he would prefer Bellew to retire.

"But I totally understand the money that people are talking about for the fights that are out there for him, it's just fantastic and if that's sort of money then I understand if he has one more fight to go out on."

 - Stuff

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