For years, Tony Bellew’s name has echoed around the world of boxing whenever people try to epitomise an underdog. The former WBC cruiserweight champions faces current undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Usyk comes into the fight undefeated having unified all cruiserweight belts in July 2018, whilst his opponent Tony Bellew returns to cruiserweight off back-to-back wins against ex-heavyweight world champion David Haye. DAZN sat down with Bellew to get his thoughts about entering the ring one last time:
“While I always thought I could be world champion, never in a million years did I think I’d be one of the guys with all the four belts draped round his waist. Usyk is standing there with all four belts and he’s saying my name, there was no way in a million years I could pass it up.”
Tony Bellew also talked about his attitude to facing opponents:
“I just want to be known as someone who will fight anyone and is not scared of no one. I’ve always said I’m not, but it’s one thing just saying it.
I literally will fight anyone. Anyone within my category, I will face any of them I don’t care how good they are. I think by doing this fight I’ve proved it, because the whole world said I wouldn’t even face this guy.”
Bellew’s trainer, David Coldwell, gave DAZN an insight into the biggest fight of the Liverpudlian’s career:
“It’s a fairy tale ending, that’s what I think, a fairy tale ending. It’s been a great ride and we’ve got one more last push. We’ve saved the biggest push, the biggest task for last. It’s fitting that this is his last one because this is going to take absolutely everything, every bit of ability, drive and determination – what he’s got left in this sport.”
When asked about Usyk, David said: “I see a fantastic fighter in Usyk and only a fool would look at him and say he’s not, I think he’s a fantastic fighter.”
“This is a man who’s won everything he could possibly win. He’s become European amateur champion, world amateur champion, Olympic gold medallist and won the WBC. He gets into professional boxing and has won every single belt he could possibly win.
There’s nothing this boy hasn’t done. What he hasn’t done yet is secure that mental make-up and I think that’s his frailty, under-estimating and over-estimating people. He has more athletic ability that me, he’s an unbelievable fighter.
This is professional boxing, this is the hurt business. As good as he is, he isn’t invincible, he’s not unbeatable, he’s shown vulnerabilities. We both have something each other wants coming in to this fight, so this is going to be a trade-off. I want the belts, and that’s what I’m coming for on November 10th”
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