Bellew: I'm Chasing Greatness, Usyk Fight is Looking Likely Now

Tony Bellew believes the showdown with Oleksandr Usyk is very likely to happen right now.

As previously reported, Bellew's promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, held two meetings in Paris with Usyk's promoter Alexander Krassyuk - and both meetings went very well.

Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs), regarded as one of the best fighters in the world, is an Olympic gold medal winner and currently holds every major world title in the cruiserweight division.


Last month, Usyk traveled to Moscow, Russia and dominated undefeated Murat Gassiev to unify the WBC, IBF, WBA, WBO world titles.

Also with the win, he won the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament.

Bellew held the WBC cruiserweight title, but dropped the belt for a move to heavyweight in March 2017 - where he scored back to back knockout victories over heated rival David Haye - with their rematch taking place back in May.

"The first meeting was good and it looks inevitable at this stage," Bellew exclusively told Sky Sports.

"Things can change though, you just don't know how it all lands. We'll see. We haven't agreed a venue yet and other things, but it's looking likely now.

"It is moving in the right direction. We've got to agree something and get it written down on paper and we'll take it from there. Eddie is happy, I am happy and there has been no major demands on my part, as I don't feel there needs to be. Without sounding like a big head I've done alright out of the game; financially, I've won a world title and I have done everything I could have possibly dreamed of - and a bit more. So now I am chasing greatness. I dare to be great, are the words I am going to use."

Bellew did have one warning - he says the fight with Usyk would have to happen in 2018.

"It has to be done this year, this year is my last year in the sport," Bellew said. "I won't be fighting in 2019, I'm done at the end of this year. I should've been done in March this year."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DaaamnSon on 08-16-2018

Would be more preferable to see Usyk defend the undisputed lineal cruiserweight championship against Lebedev or a rematch with Briedis but Bellew is a pretty decent fight before moving up.

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=filup79;19023408]Bellew barely beat anyone of note. What are his biggest wins? Cleverly? Chilemba? BJ Flores? A past it Haye? He beat nothing but Euro level fighters, just look at his resume. Beat one American in Flores and got KOd by…

Comment by alexguiness on 08-16-2018

If Bellew beat Usk that would set him on a path to greatness. Whether he actually gets there is a different question altogether.

Comment by Jkp on 08-16-2018

Someone please knock out pudding **** bellew. He is unbearable to listen to.

Comment by tokon on 08-16-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;19023235]Bellew was the belts and to be undisputed champion and also lineal champion. There's more at steak at crusier for him than a heavyweight fight with usyk. With a win he can talk him self up there with the English…

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