Tony Bellew beats Ivica Bacurin and eyes world title shot

Tony Bellew
Tony Bellew (right) has 24 wins from 27 career bouts

Liverpool's Tony Bellew has set his sights on a third shot at a world title after beating Ivica Bacurin on Friday.

In front of a home crowd at the Echo Arena, Bellew floored the Croatian cruiserweight three times before the stoppage in the 10th round.

The 32-year-old cruiserweight has now been lined up as a possible opponent for current IBF holder Yoan Pablo Hernandez.

"I am ready for a world title shot," said Bellew.

"Eddie Hearn [promoter] has delivered on every word he has said from day one and I believe that he will bring me that shot."

Hearn added: "We want the winner of the IBF title fight in July and we'll look to get him in there for that belt in October or November - it has to be a world title next for Tony."