Oleksandr Usyk downs a brave Tony Bellew in eight rounds
The Brilliant Oleksandr Usyk proved his mettle as the best cruiserweight in the world as the Ukrainian wore down a gracious Tony Bellew.
Despite keeping things tight on the scorecards, Bellew seemed to tire in the seventh and Usyk devastatingly took advantage in the next round.
A superb and hurtful combination put Bellew down and out for the count and into retirement.
You could never fault the Liverpool man’s heart – as always – throughout the contest, although Usyk was just too good.
Usyk mentioned a possible move up to heavyweight after the bout. Whilst Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte were both ringside to witness the win.
The likes of Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns, Amir Khan, Kell Brook and Prince Naseem Hamed were all on hand to witness one of the greatest fighters of the modern era extend his undefeated run to 16-0.
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