Bellew on his ‘ul­ti­mate test’

The Nation - - SPORT -

Tony Bellew is con­fi­dent he will pass the “ul­ti­mate test” of his ca­reer to be­come the undis­puted world cruis­er­weight cham­pion on Satur­day when he takes on un­de­feated Ukrainian Olek­sandr Usyk in Manch­ester.

Bellew is step­ping back down from the heavy­weight divi­sion for what could be his fi­nal fight in the hope of ful­fill­ing his dream of be­com­ing world cham­pion – Usyk holds the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF ti­tles.

Asked if he was fac­ing his best op­po­nent yet, the 35-year-old Bri­ton said: “Yes – he is the ul­ti­mate test. There is noth­ing this man can­not do in a box­ing ring. He is the most com­plete fighter I have ever faced. Ev­ery­thing he does is class.”

Usyk, 31, is an Olympic gold medal­list and un­beaten in 15 fights as a pro­fes­sional. He is ex­pected to step up to heavy­weight in the near fu­ture and could have his eyes on An­thony Joshua’s ti­tles.

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