Usyk ex­plains his think­ing be­hind tak­ing on ‘Bomber’

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AF­TER go­ing head-to-head in the ring at Wem­b­ley sta­dium ahead of An­thony Joshua’s fight with Alexan­der Povetkin, Tony Bellew and Olek­sandr Usyk hit Manch­ester for their first press con­fer­ence in the build up to their cruis­er­weight clash on Novem­ber 10 which will be broad­cast by Sky Sports Box Of­fice.

Bellew will chal­lenge for the Ukrainian for the undis­puted cruis­er­weight crown at the Manch­ester Arena. Usyk uni­fied the WBO, IBF, WBA and WBC world ti­tles when he soundly out­pointed Mu­rat Gassiev in Moscow to win the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries fi­nal in July.

This is likely to be Usyk’s fi­nal bout at 200lbs as he tar­gets a move to heavy­weight and, more specif­i­cally, a shot at An­thony Joshua.

“One rea­son we have agreed to fight Bellew is to get to Joshua,” Usyk told Bri­tish re­porters.

“It is ex­actly part of the strat­egy and why we have this co-op­er­a­tion with [Bellew’s pro­moter] Ed­die Hearn. He has Tony, he has An­thony and a cou­ple more heavy­weights. It’s the best way, the short­est - not the eas­i­est - way to fight An­thony.”

Bellew, who ended the ca­reer of David Haye ear­lier this year, is un­der no il­lu­sion about the task that awaits him.

“I’m go­ing up against this mon­ster, the man who no one re­ally wants to fight, the man who just dis­man­tles fight­ers and beats them eas­ily,” said Bellew.

“There’s only one dif­fer­ence in my eyes. He passed a com­ment af­ter Satur­day’s lit­tle stare-down. The com­ment was he thinks I’m ar­ro­gant. But it is not ar­rog­nace he sees.

“For the first time in his whole ca­reer he sees a man look­ing back at him who be­lieves he can win. I don’t just think or be­lieve, I know. I’m go­ing to find a way to win. I al­ways do.”

Bellew con­sid­ered re­tire­ment af­ter his May re­match suc­cess over Haye, be­fore get­ting mar­ried in July. It was while on his hon­ey­moon he de­cided he was go­ing to fight again.

“For one rea­son or an­other I stood there watch­ing Olek­sandr beat up Gassiev on a mo­bile phone,” Bellew ex­plained.

“The fight stops and then he makes the ul­ti­mate sin. He says my name. And it didn’t take long. Soon as he said my name, I knew. The world’s go­ing to write me off. We will see.”


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