Bellew vs Usyk Preview and Prediction

Anthony Joshua says Oleksandr Usyk should be the favourite against Tony Bellew

Anthony Joshua says Oleksandr Usyk should be the favourite against Tony Bellew

"If I am honest, Usyk is the favourite, straight-talking, because he's unbeaten and he's done it at cruiserweight and he's undisputed". They've got nothing to offer me.

I was retired after the second Haye fight.

Oleksandr Usyk has warned Tony Bellew his talk will count for little if he does not deliver in the ring on Saturday.

Usyk has 15 wins from 15, with 11 KOs. Fighting Usyk is purely down to all four belts being on the line.

But while Sky have reminded us a countless amount of times that writing Bellew off will be at your own peril, it is that slogan that really reminds us just how deep Bellew is in with the Ukrainian. It's a fight that's credible, and I respect Bellew, because after that David Haye fight it was a question whether he was going to retire or was he going to carry on? But all fighters have vulnerabilities and I have to expose his. This fight is all about what it can do for me and my legacy.

Bellew, who is a lifelong and passionate Everton fan and knocked out Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in 2016, said: "I will find a way to defeat the monster". My image has changed - and people have realised I'm a businessman.

Bellew 30-2-1 (20KO's) has certainly improved since finally evacuating his title hopes at Light Heavyweight, where he had contentiously lost to Nathan Cleverly - he avenged that loss at Cruiserweight - while being stopped by a dominant Adonis Stevenson in 2013.

But the Liverpool boxer believes his punch power will be decisive against the WBC-WBA-IBF-WBO champion, just as it was for Hagler against his fellow American Hearns in an unforgettable encounter to decide the undisputed world middleweight champion.

"Stylistically Tommy Hearns is much better than Marvin Hagler, his technique and punching were better, but he just couldn't do it", Bellew told ESPN. I wasn't good enough to win an Olympic gold - my style wasn't right - but I've stayed with it.

Will you become a trainer if this is indeed your last fight?

"I don't know how or when, or at what stage it will happen". I need to be a normal person and this is not the life of a normal person. I've spoken to Ward's team about Bellew before, not recently, and same with Tony.

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