Usyk KOs Bellew, Keeps Undisputed Title
Unfortunately for Tony Bellew, he won’t go out on top as undisputed champion. For Oleksandr Usyk, it’s one of the biggest wins of his career.
Usyk defeated Bellew to retain the undisputed cruiserweight championship at the Manchester Arena in Bellew’s home country of England in Bellew’s retirement bout.
The opening round was a quiet one, with both men squaring each other down with carefulness. Bellew had more activity, but he stayed cautious of Usyk’s jab. Bellew started to land big shots in the second, and he began to trash talk the defending champion.
In the third, however, Usyk began to gain a bit of momentum, though Bellew was still controlling the distance well and showing off some praiseworthy counterpunching. Bellew continued to be tactical throughout the fourth, but Usyk started to land his fair share of strong shots.
Usyk continued to put on the pressure in the fifth, cornering Bellew and cutting off the ring. After a quiet sixth round, Usyk’s pressure started to become too much for the former WBC champion. And in the eighth, a combination with Bellew against the ropes ended with a hard, straight left that floored Bellew, who was unable to answer the referee’s count.