Bellew shocked the odds in winning the WBC cruiserweight title against Ilunga Makabu past year, while last night, in the most incredible fight of 2017 so far, Bellew stunned the sport with his wild and insane win over David Haye. Not many gave the Liverpool-born fighter much of a hope against the bigger Haye, but he surprised everyone by winning in the 11th round.
"I could make either the Parker fight or Wilder here in London in a heartbeat", Hearn said. "I'm not here to hurt people".
Hearn can use the win over Haye as justification for matching Bellew against Joshua, Wilder or Parker.
"I think we could bring Wilder of Parker to the UK. He was saying I was going to get smoked", he said.
And the board is sure to take a dim view of his latest salvo, in which he added of Bellew: "He said something to me when we were face-to-face: that he wouldn't beat the old David Haye". I can't believe you're still standing.' But, some of you don't believe me: I've got no switch-off button. He took my best shots, got back up, and put me down.
Bellew, a die-hard Everton fan who holds the WBC cruiserweight belt, is stepping up a division to share the ring with Haye.
"I'd have fought him on my first fight back from retirement because I know I can beat him".
Would the fight have followed a different route but for the freak aggravation of Haye's delicate achilles in the sixth round? I looked at [trainer] Shane [McGuigan] in his corner and said "stop it lad". It's scary. No matter how hard or painful it gets, I can't stop.
Life imitated art when Bellew got to fight for the vacant WBC crown in front of his home fans at Goodison Park, home of his beloved Everton Football Club, in May a year ago. "I am calling it as I see it". "I could walk away tomorrow happily, but I know Eddie Hearn's going to make me some wonderful offer I can't walk away from", he said.
If Bellew decides he wants to hold onto his world title, he must face the victor of that fight. "I believe he can".
"Just one big circus, it's a freakshow and I play my part and will do until the circus decides it doesn't want me anymore". I've made some bad mistakes and bad moves in life but now I just want to be left alone and spend time with my kids.