Bellew Believes Usyk Would Be Last Fight
Tony Bellew told Sky Sports that he’s confident that he would beat Oleksandr Usyk, but believes he will have to retire due to the damage he would sustain from the unified cruiserweight champion.
Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn and his Usyk’s promoter, Alexander Krassyuk, are discussing terms for a cruiserweight fight title clash later this year.
The Ukrainian’s goal is an eventual heavyweight challenge with Anthony Joshua, but Bellew believes that he’s no stepping stone and could beat Usyk.
“I will ask a load more questions of him than he can of me, because I’ve been through every single scenario you can imagine in a boxing ring,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.
“But I can tell you now, if I fight Oleksandr Usyk, it will be my last ever fight, because I will take some serious stick.
“If I fight Tyson Fury next, I could have another fight after that because I will beat Tyson Fury and it would be much easier than beating Usyk… I might not be the same man coming out of it, but I can tell you, I will win. I don’t know how, I don’t know when it will happen, but I know I will take him.”
Usyk would make history in his victory over Murat Gassiev to become the first cruiserweight to hold all four recognized belts.
“I want all those belts. I want the fight and I want all the marbles. There’s no point doing it if there’s nothing on it,” Bellew said.
“Number one, I will be the first fighter he’s ever fought who is hard to hit, and I mean really hard to nail clean. Number two, I am a fighter that when he’s missing, he gets counter-punched by something heavy from me. He’s hitting the floor.
“Does he know what to do when that happens, because I do. I’ve been down that many times, but has he?”
Initial Report: Sky Sports