Tyson Fury has rejected the idea of fighting Tony Bellew because the heavyweight does not want to hurt the Liverpudlian.
Bellew called Fury out after his victory over David Haye last month and has insisted he would beat the former unified world champion.
Fury is set to return to fighting on June 9 in Manchester and Bellew has suggested he wants to face his fellow Brit in his second bout back.
Bellew has two wins at heavyweight, both over Haye, but Fury revealed he fears for Bellews health if they were to ever go to war in the ring.
To be honest and this is me speaking very honestly and openly, I dont want to fight Tony Bellew, Fury told FightHype.
The reason being, he is a family man and he has got a wife and kids and I want him to stay healthy and stay boxing, earn a few quid and go home easy to his family.
But if he steps in the ring with the Gypsy King and I unleash hells fire on him, hes only a small man and I could damage and hurt him properly.
You are not messing with a David Haye who is 20 years out of date, youre messing with someone who is 6ft 9in, 19 stone, in the prime of his life who could knock a wall down.
One of the hardest punchers in heavyweight boxing but they dont know it. I dont want to fight Tony Bellew, Tony Bellew is a light heavyweight, cruiserweight at best, so if I go in there and hurt him, how good is that? How good does that make me feel when he shouldnt be in the ring anyway.
Listen, we all need money but he doesnt need money that bad to go lose his senses and get smashed to pieces. And all this nonsense that he could knock me out, please, I would let Tony Bellew hit me there (on the chin) and it wouldnt hurt me and thats just it.
(Wladimir) Klitschko detonated a right hand on that jaw there, it got banged but never wobbled me once. You saw what he done to Joshua with the same punch.
So Tony, poor old Tony, it would be like a feather duster, dusting me up and down.