Tony Bellew will be staying at heavyweight to target a shot at world champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Bellew claimed Saturday's 11th-round win over British rival David Haye, who was badly hampered by an Achilles injury sustained in the sixth round, made him the "most valuable heavyweight in the world outside of the champions".
Bellew (29-2-1, 19 KOs), 34, stepped up from cruiserweight to face Haye (28-3, 26 KOs) and does not regard himself as a heavyweight, but Hearn believes the Liverpool boxer deserves his chance at WBC heavyweight champion Wilder or WBO heavyweight title-holder Parker.
And Hearn does not envisage Bellew returning to cruiserweight to defend his WBC world title, which he won last May.
He said: "He's just beaten one of the best heavyweights in the world, so do you want to go back down to cruiserweight or fight Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker?
"I think we could bring Wilder or Parker to the UK. This fight has done great numbers and they aren't going to get that money anywhere else.
"That could have been a final eliminator for the world heavyweight title. He's beaten one of the best heavyweights in the world, so as far as I'm concerned he's earned his shot.
"Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder are the two fights. We've got one of the biggest fights in British boxing history [Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium] on April 29, but I believe Britain can have two world heavyweight champions, because I believe he [Bellew] can beat Wilder and Parker."
Bellew was more enthusiastic about a fight with Wilder moments after victory than he was at the post-fight press conference, when he was non-committal on his future.
In the ring, he said: "You know who I want next: the Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder. I'm thinking I may only have one more night left."
Bellew was impressive against Haye, but it must be taken into consideration that he beat an opponent who was limping from round six and unable to launch off his right foot.
Haye's focus now is a rematch with Bellew, rather than talking himself into a shot at one of the world champions.
Bellew, a father of three boys, says he is willing to give the Londoner a rematch, but next time he will have to travel to his home city of Liverpool. Bellew will also want the lion's share of the purse, after Haye earned a reported 60 per cent of £7 million for Saturday's fight.
Bellew added: "We'll evaluate everything on Monday morning, but the salt and pepper are on my side of the table next time because I've just come down to his back yard. Now he can come to mine.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, but I can't walk away now. I'm going to play the clown until the circus doesn't want me anymore. I play the part.
"This circus is going to follow me around and I've actually started to hate it; I hate the cameras, the attention."