Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew is still the WBC "emeritus" champion ahead of his fight with Oleksandr Usyk for all the world cruiserweight titles, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed. Our man also reveals what it's like fighting a southpaw as an orthodox fighter.

Usyk (pictured) is a fantastic champion and a brilliant, brilliant fighter and I'm a keen admirer of his work but I'll find a way - I always do.

In terms of being able to absorb people's onslaughts, Usyk has a very canny way of just getting out of range and coming back with his own counter-punch.

"We all know he's got that as well, so that's what makes it so interesting".

The sensible pick would be to take Usyk via late stoppage, having bamboozled Bellew for much of the fight, causing visible damage that would ultimately force a compassionate stoppage around the 9.

"When I boxed him I saw that".

For instance, the last southpaw Bellew fought was Ilunga Makabu and he got dropped, heavily. "We can not forget the relationship between Bellew and the WBC". So, Tony is yet to step in the ring with any monsters, whereas Usyk has.

The heavyweight star admits Usyk should be the bookmakers' favourite but is refusing to rule out fans' favourite Bellew.

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Bellew is a huge underdog against Usyk.

"If I can fight for all four belts, I would like it". But only for this moment, I am not thinking about anything. You might lose the rounds, but you can try to exhaust him for the second half of the fight. But all fighters have vulnerabilities and I have to expose his. Everything is good at the training camp.

This is the fight that will write the biggest headlines on "The Bomber's" career.

Now Bellew will cut down to his natural weight class, and should hope to bring that power below the 200lb limit with him.

The Merseysider has stepped down a division to challenge Ukrainian star Usyk for all the world cruiserweight titles at Manchester Arena on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Usyk is very, very risky, he's on a roll and he's in his peak. I am feeling wonderful, healthy, and confident. Just as the fight is billed - he who dares.

Usyk has looked off colour in some of his previous wins, but given the stage this fight has been given and the big fights around the corner under the Matchroom Boxing banner, Usyk is not going to take this one lightly at all. But I will get to him.

Hopefully, by rounds 7-12 you'd be putting the pressure and heat on him, if you get caught with a shot early, you're not going to leave yourself open to it again.

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