News | Sep 26 2018

Vasyl Lomachenko backs Usyk to beat Tony Bellew and Anthony Joshua

Undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk tackles Bellew in Manchester on November 10, writes Declan Warrington
Oleksandr Usyk vs Tony Bellew
Oleksandr Usyk & Tony Bellew Press Conference  |  Action Images/Lee Smith

TONY BELLEW has been warned by the world’s finest fighter that his next opponent will not only beat him, but that he will then go on to dethrone Anthony Joshua. The 35-year-old Bellew has accepted his toughest fight, against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk on November 10, and Usyk’s long-term training partner Vasyl Lomachenko – widely considered the pound-for-pound best – is “convinced” he will continue to win.

Ukraine’s Usyk, 31, is already in contention to one day challenge Joshua, when even as one of the finest cruiserweights in history he will have to overcome potential physical disadvantages.

He is naturally significantly smaller than Joshua, but his compatriot and lightweight Lomachenko believes his talent is such that even the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion is within his considerable reach.