Bellew on Usyk: My ultimate test, but I’ll knock him out!
Tony Bellew has promised to put Oleksandr Usyk on his list of KO victims when the pair collide next month.
The former WBC cruiserweight champion bids to regain his old strap, plus three more versions when Bellew battles the current undisputed ruler.
Usyk was all-conquering in claiming the World Boxing Super Series crown in Russia earlier this year when the Olympic gold medallist lifted the Ali Trophy with a dominant win over Murat Gassiev.
Bellew faces and uphill task in Manchester on November 10. The Liverpool man is under no illusions.
“This is the ultimate test for me,” said Bellew. “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. Everyone is saying that I’ll get beat-up quickly, but we’ll find out won’t we.
“Make no mistake, I know this is the most dangerous fight of my life but I’m also going into this with my eyes wide open. I’m not in awe of Usyk, I won’t stand and admire him and allow him to rattle off five-punch combinations on my head.
“He’s meeting someone who’s just as quick as him, someone that’s competed at a division lighter than him and someone that’s come across fighters much more powerful than him.
“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.”
‘The Bomber’ heads into the Usyk test on the back of a double triumph over David Haye. Despite contemplating retirement, Bellew embarks on a final fight.
At 35, Bellew knows time is running out in his career and bowing out at the best at 200 pounds would be a dream.