Drozd was stripped of his WBC belt due to being unable to defend against Bellew’s recent foe Ilunga Makabubecause of an injury but, as champion in recess, he was promised that he would be able to fight the winner by the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.
“First of all, I’d like to congratulate Tony Bellew on his big win. Ilunga Makabu is a very strong fighter and defeating him is a great achievement,” said Drozd.
“I’m happy that while I was out with the injury, the WBC belt wasn’t put on a shelf and was contested in such a spectacular fight between two worthy contenders. That’s exactly what I wanted after I was injured and had to postpone my next fight.
“The Champion in Recess title gives me the right to fight for the WBC belt when I completely recover from the injury. And I’m going to take advantage of this right. I started training again last week and I’ll be ready to fight Tony Bellew in autumn or in winter. I want to congratulate Tony Bellew on his victory once again and… see you in the ring!”
This is not an easy night for Bellew at all and hopefully Eddie Hearn will put his hand in his pocket again to bring Drozd to the UK which will give Bellew home advantage. I doubt that the proud Evertonian will even consider vacating the belt so therefore I look forward to the fight. Could they stage another show at Goodison Park on international break or will he be on the Joshua vs Fury undercard? One thing is for certain, he will give 110% for every second of every round to defend his pride and joy.