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USYK BELLEW

LOEKSANDR USYK was born in Sim­fer­opol, Ukraine. Ti­tles held: WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF cruis­er­weight. TONY BELLEW was born in Liver­pool. Ti­tles held: for­mer WBC cruis­er­weight cham­pion (be­low) TONY BELLEW does not need me to tell him the scale of the chal­lenge he faces against Olek­sandr Usyk in Manch­ester tonight, the tough­est test of his ca­reer. Only four years sep­a­rate them, but at 35 Bellew has been in a lot of hard fights. In pro terms, Usyk is a young 31. The Ukrainian is an out­stand­ing tal­ent, win­ning world am­a­teur and Olympic gold at heavy­weight in 2011 and 2012 re­spec­tively, beat­ing cur­rent IBF light heavy­weight cham­pion Ar­tur Beter­biev at each tour­na­ment.In July he beat Murat Gassiev to be­come the first uni­fied cruis­er­weight cham­pion in his­tory. He is packed into the weight, equally adept go­ing for­ward or back and ut­terly re­lent­less.Bellew likes to bring it but no more than this fella. Gassiev hits as hard as Bellew but couldn’t budge Usyk. Mairis Briedis has a de­cent dig and found the tar­get but he couldn’t shift him ei­ther.Usyk has won and de­fended ver­sions of the ti­tle ev­ery time in his op­po­nent’s back yard.He fought Gassiev in Moscow, Briedis in Riga, Marco Huck in Ger­many, Michael Hunter in the States and Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland.And here he is on the road again for his 16th pro fight.Bellew has only two de­feats in a 33-fight ca­reer, both at light heavy­weight. He should never have taken on Ado­nis Stevenson and Nathan Clev­erly at 175 pounds.He avenged the lat­ter at cruiser in an­other bruis­ing en­counter.I’ve come to ad­mire Bellew. The blus­ter and hot air of his ear­lier ca­reer has gone. He proved a lot of peo­ple OUT Ryan Bur­nett has a se­ri­ous back prob­lem

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