THIS Saturday (November 10), at Manchester Arena, Tony Bellew will take part in what he has said will be the final fight of his 11-year professional career. Having proved the doubters wrong in recent times by winning a world title and stopping David Haye twice, the 35-year-old is aiming to cause one last surprise by toppling the supreme Oleksandr Usyk – undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world. Here, Bellew speaks in depth about his imminent retirement, why he couldn’t resist challenging Usyk despite his wife’s fears, and why the Ukrainian’s pursuit of Anthony Joshua will lead to his downfall this weekend.
How serious are you that this is going to be your last fight?
Very serious. Deadly serious. [Promoter] Eddie [Hearn] will have no say if I come back or not. It’s over. The most important reason is not just my wife telling me. I’ll tell you the reason why it’s over at the post-fight presser. There are underlying factors why it has to be over. I’ll discuss and explain that when the fight is over.