BN Verdict | Nov 11 2018

BN Verdict – The perfect goodbye for Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew proved again what a tremendous fighter and man he is against Oleksandr Usyk
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Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - WBC, IBF, WBA & WBO World Cruiserweight Titles  |  Action Images/Carl Recine

“I TRIED my best and gave it everything I’d got,” said Tony Bellew after Oleksandr Usyk sent him spraying through the ropes and clinging to consciousness in round eight. “Make sure you clap him, he’s a great fighter. He’s a better fighter than me, he’s the best I ever fought.”

It was a brutal ending yet Bellew – in a way that only Bellew can – decorated that savage conclusion with elegance and honesty. It was the night that “Bomber” finally went full circle. Once the angriest of young men, Bellew exits the sport as a gentleman whose sportsmanship and determination should act as inspiration to all.

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