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.”