News | Nov 10 2018

Tony Bellew warns Usyk: ‘Listen mate, the last thing you are is the A-side’

'All that matters is what happens when I get under the lights,' Tony Bellew tells John Dennen ahead of decisive Oleksandr Usyk clash
Tony Bellew
Oleksandr Usyk & Tony Bellew Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

OLEKSANDR USYK is many things. The favourite against Tony Bellew on Saturday (November 10) at the Manchester Arena for one thing. A fantastic boxer. Fast, clever, charismatic. The reigning, undisputed cruiserweight world champion. An Olympic gold medallist. But one thing he is not, as Tony Bellew is at pains to point out, is the A-side of Saturday’s defence of the WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF world titles.

Bellew is adamant that this fight is happening because he allowed it to happen.

“He wanted this fight at heavyweight,” Tony told Boxing News. “He wanted to make his debut at heavyweight.”