Eddie Hearn on why Tony Bellew couldn’t pass up Oleksandr Usyk chance

Mark Robinson

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn cites Tony Bellew’s consistent improvement as the reason for making a fight with Oleksandr Usyk a reality.

Following an impressive victory in the World Boxing Super Series, Usyk called out Bellew and eyebrows were immediately raised.

Bellew had been contemplating walking away from the sport with back-to-back wins over David Haye in the bag and two bumper paydays, although Hearn bowed to the Liverpool man’s wishes for one more big test.

‘The Bomber’ couldn’t pass up the opportunity to challenge for a trio of world title belts, plus his previously owned WBC strap.

Despite initial apprehension, Hearn eventually succumbed to Bellew’s obvious desires.

“Tony has won British, Commonwealth, European and World titles. And after the two big wins against David Haye we felt it might be time to walk away. But with him constantly improving and the lure of becoming undisputed king, the temptation was too much,” explained Hearn.

“For Oleksandr, the plan is to finish his chapter at Cruiserweight on November 10. He will then move up to Heavyweight where he will chase a fight with unified World Champion Anthony Joshua.

“This is going to be a thrilling fight on a huge night of boxing in Manchester. November 10 can’t come soon enough!


“It’s an absolute honour to promote Britain’s first ever undisputed title fight in the history of the sport.

“This one of the biggest and best fights in boxing with Tony daring to be great. He’s going up against one of the top pound-for-pounders in the sport in Oleksandr Usyk,” he added.

An expected triumph for Usyk could mean a jump to heavyweight, whilst Bellew is likely to step away from the sport – win or lose in Manchester.

Usyk’s end goal of Joshua is more likely due to his link-up with Hearn and could be on the cards for 2020.

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