News | Jul 25 2018

Tony Bellew instructs Eddie Hearn to make Oleksandr Usyk fight – at cruiserweight!

'If he’s going to beat Usyk, beat him for everything he’s got.' Tony Bellew is on the warpath, writes John Dennen
Tony Bellew
Tony Bellew & David Haye Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

FORMER cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew is willing to move down from heavyweight to challenge the undisputed 200lbs king Oleksandr Usyk.

Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev on Saturday to win the World Boxing Super Series and the WBO, WBA, IBF and WBC cruiserweight titles. Bellew moved up to heavyweight to beat David Haye twice. He was made WBC champion ‘emeritus,’ which gives him the right to come back and challenge for that belt. The Liverpudlian wants to drop back down in weight and go for all the titles.

“It’s not a goer [yet] because we’ve got to talk money. But I’ve been told to make the fight by Bellew. You’ve got a guy who is the undisputed cruiserweight champion etc. calling out Tony Bellew. It’s brilliant for Bellew. Bellew just said make the fight,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing News. “I’m not sure the money’s that great. We mustn’t get confused with how big is Usyk? To us he’s the man [but] the reason that Bellew made so much money out of the David Haye fight is that they gelled perfectly together for the casual market. 800,000 buys, 700,000 buys, 1.5 million buys over two fights!