Bellew-Usyk Official For November 10th
Tony Bellew will stay his retirement a little while longer, as he’s officially signed to battle undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on November 10th at Manchester Arena.
After fighting David Haye at heavyweight in back-to-back fights, Bellew returns to cruiserweight to fight Usyk, who unified the cruiserweight division in July in the World Boxing Super Series Finals..
“This is the ultimate test for me,” said Bellew, a former WBC cruiserweight titlist. “There is no greater test than Oleksandr Usyk, he is one of the most feared men in boxing. This is nothing new to me, everyone says that I can’t do it again. Everybody is saying that I’ll get beat-up quickly, but we’ll find out won’t we.
“I’m going into this fight with absolutely nothing to lose because the whole world thinks I’m going to get smashed. I have everything to gain and nothing to lose. On November 10, I’m going to do something that nobody has ever done before, I’m going to knock out an undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world.”
Usyk, a 2012 Olympic Gold medalist, won the WBO title in just his 10th pro fight, winning the WBC title from Mairis Briedis in the WBSS semi-final, before adding the IBF and WBA titles in the tournament’s final against Murat Gassiev.
“I’ve been preparing for this fight for a long time and I’m delighted that we’ve got the venue and the date finalised. I cannot wait to fight in the UK,” said the Ukrainian.
“He says he will beat me and I love his attitude, but you cannot beat-up somebody who is invisible in the ring. As always I will be victorious on Nov 10.”
Usyk has signed a multi-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, for not only this fight, but an eventual heavyweight campaign and eyes on Anthony Joshua.
Info Via: Sky Sports