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Watch: Toney Bellew and Deontay Wilder trade harsh words

Former cruiserweight world champion Tony “Bomber” Bellew and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder got into a brief war or words at Friday’s weigh-in for the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight in London, England. What started the argument between the two fighters was Wilder harmlessly yelling “Bomb Squad after the weigh-in. Bellew took issue with Wilder for shouting, and from there the two of them started arguing back and forth.

Former cruiserweight world champion Tony “Bomber” Bellew and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder got into a brief war or words at Friday’s weigh-in for the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight in London, England. What started the argument between the two fighters was Wilder harmlessly yelling “Bomb Squad after the weigh-in. Bellew took issue with Wilder for shouting, and from there the two of them started arguing back and forth.

“He [Wilder] ain’t no f*****g squad,” said Bellew about Wilder. “I ain’t no boy, I’m a grown ass man. [Haye] “has more power than you. Why didn’t you fight him? It’s a fact, I have a better name on my record in one fight than he [Wilder] has in nearly 40!). I just beat a man that’s better than him. That’s not up for debate. That’s a fact,” said Bellew about his win over David Haye on March 4 last month.

Haye isn’t better than Wilder. Bellew needs to step back and smell the coffee. Haye never beat a good big heavyweight. We saw how small and over-matched Haye was when he lost to Wladimir Klitschko 6 years ago in 2011. Haye didn’t have the size to compete in that fight. It would be the same if the 6’7” Wilder fought Haye. In video of Haye and Wilder sparring, it looked like Haye was getting nailed with some big power shots. It didn’t look good for Haye in the heavily edited video, which clearly was ediged to show Haye’s best moments.

Oh my, it looks like Bellew is trying to talk his way into a title fight against Wilder. Bellew isn’t about to earn the fight the hard way by beating an uninjured heavyweight, so he’s trying the old fashioned way of getting a fight by trash talking. This week, Bellew called out WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker for a title shot.

When Parker told him to send over the contract for him to sign for the fight, Bellew said, “Careful, boy.” I don’t think Bellew wants that fight. I’m guessing he’s waiting for a title shot against Anthony Joshua, because he’ll get the most money from that fight than he would for any other. The two of them are both with promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, so making the match will be as easy as pie.

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The British boxing public would eat up a fight between Joshua and Bellew, even if it does seem like a terrible mismatch on paper. Joshua vs. Bellew would be strictly for domestic consumption only. The boxing fans from outside of the UK would see it for what it is, another easy mismatch for Joshua to pad his record with. Bellew would get his golden parachute payday and would be able to ride off into the sunset into retirement. I don’t think it would be a good fight for boxing, but that’s probably not going to keep the match from being made.

Bellew has said recently that he’d like to challenge Wilder for his WBC heavyweight title. I don’t know if the fight will happen. It will depend on a number of things. Bellew will need to resume his boxing career and not retire like he’s talking about. He will also need to keep winning. Bellew barely got past an injured David Haye. If not for Haye tearing his right Achilles tendon in the 6th round, he probably would have beaten Bellew. Before the injury occurred, Haye was winning the fight.

“You ain’t never dealt with this power, though,” said Wilder. “What separates me from other heavyweights is, I knock mutha f*****s out! Stay at heavyweight, I break bones,” Wilder said.

I wish Bellew would stay at heavyweight, but I think he’ll retire from boxing after he faces someone like Haye in the rematch or Joseph Parker. There’s even a slight possibility that Bellew and Joshua could mix it up in the future, even though Bellew has denied that he would be interested in that fight, because he views Joshua as too big, too fast and too powerful for him. Wilder, 6’7”, is taller than Joshua, faster and arguably more powerful. Bellew would have major problems dealing with the size, speed and power of Wilder. I don’t think it would be much of a fight to be honest. As soon as Wilder lands something flush, Bellew would be in trouble.

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Bellew was able to neutralize Haye’s big right hand power by using a hit and run style of fighting to stay out of the way of his big shots. That style wouldn’t be as effective against Wilder, because he has such a long reach, and he throws his right hands with a lot of speed and conviction. Wilder doesn’t care if he misses his shots, he’s going to load up on them every time. That means you might get him to miss some of them, but he’s going to get you eventually with one of his big shots, and you’ll be feeling the effects of the punch after iot lands. Bellew would have to get near enough to Wilder to land his own shoits, and once he gets close to him, he’ll be getting hit hard.

I personally don’t rate Bellew as a fighter. I think he skipped out of the cruiserweight division so he wouldn’t have to fight his #1 WBC contender Mairis Briedis, who the World Boxing Council conveniently had fight #2 WBO Marco Huck for the interim WBO cruiserweight title. The WBO was seemingly giving Bellew a break by having Briedis fight Huck instead of stripping Bellew of his WBO title. After Briedis whipped Huck, the WBC stripped Bellew of his title and made Briedis the new WBC champion. In looking at how impressive Briedis appeared in beating Huck, I have no doubt in my mind that he would have beaten Bellew with ease if he had dared to fight him.

We saw who Bellew fought instead of Briedisin his first defense of his World Boxing Council title. Bellew fought #14 WBC BJ Flores instead of Briedis. When I saw that move by Bellew, I understood that he wanted no part of fighting Briedis. What further strengthened my opinion was Bellew moving up to fight David Haye at heavyweight in a big money fight. That fight was a no lose one for Bellew, because of the big money he got for the fight.

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