Usyk-Bellew Near Deal For November Fight
It’s getting closer and closer to being finalized, as Tony Bellew is looking to drop back to cruiserweight to face undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Usyk’s team has been negotiating a fight with Tony Bellew, currently a heavyweight and a former cruiserweight world titleholder, and the two sides are close to a deal for a cruiserweight world title fight in November, Egis Klimas, Usyk’s manager, told ESPN.
Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions Ukraine, which represents Usyk, and Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, Bellew’s promoter, have been negotiating the fight for the past few weeks.
“Alexander(Krassyuk) and Eddie (Hearn) have been negotiating and I spoke to Alexander and they’re getting very close and most likely it’s going to be completely done (later this week or next week),” Klimas said of the negotiations between both promoters. “They’re looking in November.”
“Bellew made a very good comment,” Klimas said of the former cruiserweight champion. “He said, ‘Why do I need Usyk in the heavyweight division? He has no name in the heavyweight division. I’d rather come down to the cruiserweight division because there are four titles involved.'”
Bellew would hold a world title from May-October 2016, when he would move up to heavyweight to set up his fight with David Haye, who he would be twice in March 2017 and in May of this year.
If Usyk gets past Bellew, one option for Usyk is to relinquish his titles and move to heavyweight, but there is one other option. “(If) Andre Ward wants to come back as a cruiserweight, Andre Ward and Usyk would be a perfect fight. A perfect fight,” Klimas said. “But right now, we’re trying to make Usyk and Bellew.”
Initial Report: ESPN