Bellew To Hearn: Usyk Or Retirement

Tony Bellew says it is “inevitable” that he faces World Boxing Super Series and undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk, but it must happen in 2018.

Eddie Hearn met Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk in Paris, this week, and Bellew is confident that the fight will go down soon.

“The first meeting was good and it looks inevitable at this stage,” he exclusively told Sky Sports.

“It is moving in the right direction. We’ve got to agree something and get it written down on paper and we’ll take it from there. Eddie is happy, I am happy and there has been no major demands on my part, as I don’t feel there needs to be.

“Without sounding like a big head I’ve done alright out of the game; financially, I’ve won a world title and I have done everything I could have possibly dreamed of – and a bit more.

“So now I am chasing greatness. I dare to be great, are the words I am going to use.”

Bellew knows that it will be tough to get back down to the 200 pound cruiserweight limit, but claims that he is at his physical peak coming off of two straight wins over David Haye.

The fight is targeted for a November showdown, but Bellew has told promoter Eddie Hearn, its either this fight or retirement.”It has to be done this year, this year is my last year in the sport,” he said.

“I won’t be fighting in 2019, I’m done at the end of this year. I should’ve been done in March this year.

“My plan was always to fight David Haye and beat him on December 17 – but he pulled out,” Bellew said. “The plan was to beat him on December 17 then go out on a high, against Joseph Parker, winning the world title.

“I think I would’ve schooled (Parker), out-boxed him, and I honestly think I could’ve stopped him. But for me, personally, this [being the undisputed cruiserweight championn] is better than becoming a heavyweight world champion.”

Initial Report: Sky sports

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