Tony Bellew has revealed Tyson Fury’s dismissive response during a recent phone call but remains confident he could topple the former heavyweight world champion.
The Merseysider called for a fight against Fury after the postponement of his rematch with David Haye, who suffered a bicep injury last month.
Promoter Eddie Hearn expects to firstly reschedule the Haye fight, but admits a domestic clash with Fury could be a ‘simple deal’ and Bellew has already discussed it personally with his potential opponent.
“There wasn’t really much to say besides ‘I want to fight you, you want to fight me. You’re Ring belt magazine champion, I like your belt, I want to punch your face in.
“In his defence, it’s like, ‘listen you haven’t got a chance, I’m going to punch your face in.'”
Fury would carry a sizeable weight and height advantage into a battle with Bellew, who started his career at light-heavyweight, but the ‘Bomber’ still believes he could pull off an upset victory.
“Tyson Fury is a man of his word, so he’s good to deal with,” said Bellew.
“A brilliant fighter, but I definitely reckon the way things have gone and the way the land lies at the moment, I definitely reckon I can beat him.”
There is still uncertainty about the future of Fury, who is due to attend a UK Anti-Doping hearing this month to find out whether he can return to boxing.
Bellew admits both Fury and Haye must overcome their own issues before resuming their careers, although he is hopeful that both fights can take place next year.
He said: “Tyson’s got a long way to go, he’s got various hearings to go through, but the thing that is most clear about me and Tyson – we want to fight each other, so that’s there for everyone to see.
“That’s clear for me and David, we’ve got history. We’ve got to put an end to the saga that we’re going through.”