Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Bellew Warns Heavyweights: Stay Away From Oleksandr Usyk!

Tony Bellew was knocked out in the eighth round as his brave bid to overcome undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk ended in heartbreak at a raucous Manchester Arena.

In his final professional bout, Bellew was attempting to become the first Briton to hold all four major world titles – plus the prestigious Ring Magazine belt – in a weight class simultaneously.

The heavy underdog made a courageous start in an electrifying atmosphere but was denied a fairytale finish to his career as Usyk (now 16-0, 12KOs) demonstrated why he is rated among the finest fighters on the planet.

oleksandr-usk (9)

Usyk gradually started to establish his dominance and closed the show emphatically, flooring his rival with a devastating one-two, prompting referee Terry O’Connor to wave off the count after two minutes of the eighth round.

He therefore retained his WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles at 200lbs and may now have the heavyweight scene – and Anthony Joshua in particular – in his sights.

An emotional Bellew told BBC Radio 5 live afterwards: “I gave it everything I had, he is an exceptional champion. He is everything I have feared. He is the best I have ever fought.

“I had a great plan, I tried my best, but it wasn’t good enough. He is just so hard and awkward, putting pressure, tap, tap, tap, then he stings. He overpowers you and is bigger than you think.

“He is probably the best cruiserweight who ever lived. It is him or (Evander) Holyfield – I would love to see that fight.

“Heavyweights stay away, he takes a great shot and I don’t even know if I hurt him. He is even better than it says on the box.

“It is my final walk away – I have been doing this for 20 years, and now it is over.”

The 35-year-old, who finishes his career with a record of 30 wins, three defeats and one draw, was ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards up to that point and courageously attempted to get to his feet.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 11-12-2018

He'll do better than people think, but he gets hit a lot which could be his undoing.

Comment by evets on 11-11-2018

Hughie fury then Joyce rematch then one of the beltholders.

Comment by IrishDiscussion on 11-11-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19265336]I would love to see that fight. Big props to him if he fights Ortiz, but if Hearn has anything to do with it, that fight won't happen.[/QUOTE] Nah, Usyk isn't signing with Hearns. Usyk's promoter looks like he has…

Comment by JWHardin on 11-11-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;19264044]Luis Ortiz vs Usyk[/QUOTE] I would love to see that fight. Big props to him if he fights Ortiz, but if Hearn has anything to do with it, that fight won't happen.

Comment by Pennsauken1 on 11-11-2018

Who is he?????????

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (76)
Top Headlines Fielding Plans To Impose His Size, Weight on Canelo Hearn: Jarrett Hurd vs. Kell Brook is Possible if Amir Khan Passes Sadam Ali Eyes Redemption After Cotto Victory, Munguia KO Loss Canelo: Mayweather Should Raise Boxing's Credibility - Face Me! Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Face To Face For Rematch Devin Haney vs. Xolisani Ndongeni - Tops ShoBox Tripleheader Photos: Tevin Farmer Putting in Work as Title Defense Nears Photos: Katie Taylor Showing Off Moves For Eva Wahlstrom Photos: Canelo Alvarez, Rocky Fielding Hit Open Workouts Lemieux: Saunders Is A Good Fighter, But He Is Also A Cheater! Jarrell Miller Looks Forward To Possible Face-Off With Joshua Euro News: Braekhus Nears End, Patera Defends, Zeuge Update AIBA Wait For Word From IOC Regarding 2020 Olympic Games Thurman: I'm #1 at 147, I Hope To Show That With KO of Lopez News: Adam Bashanov, Larry Ekundayo, Sena Agbeko, More PBC Have Big Plans For UK Market Through ITV Deal Billy Joe Saunders Will Begin Rebuilding Career on December 22 Alvarez: Kovalev Is Making Excuses; Doesn't Believe In Himself Davis on Pedraza KO vs. Loma's UD: 2 shots vs 43 shots, You Pick Hopkins: Wilder Beat Fury - Will Knock Him Out in Rematch! Joseph Parker Promises No More 'Mr. Nice Guy' With Flores Kautondokwa Does Not Regret Andrade Fight, Will Return Soon Moore: No Surprise if Carl Frampton Stops Josh Warrington Warren, Hearn Trade Words Over December 22 Head To Head Canelo: Moving To 168 Evens Up My Advantages Over Fielding Wilder Explains How Mayweather Hurts His Entire Stable, Boxing Kai Robin Havnaa Headlines Hometown Card on March 2 Hearn: I Think Usyk Returns in April or May, 1 or 2 Before Joshua Tevin Farmer: I'm Looking To Shock The World, Make Statements De La Hoya: Mad Respect For Wilder, Fury - But Joshua is Best! Pacquiao Plans To Sit With Broner, Make Him Turn To God Video: David Lemieux on Facing Canelo, Johnson, Saunders Video: Canleo Talks Golovkin Trilogy, Rocky Fielding, More Shields Opener Draws Peak Audience In Last HBO Boxing Card Photos: Canelo, Rocky Fielding Make Grand Arrivals in NYC Video: Bernard Hopkins Discusses Wilder-Fury, Canelo, More De La Hoya Warns White: 40-50 UFC Fighters Are Calling Me Roach is Critical of Corner Work of Fury's Coach in Wilder Fight Photos: Gilberto Ramirez, Jesse Hart - Show Off Moves at Workout Loma-Pedraza Averaged 2,013,000 Viewers; Ranks 2nd In 2018
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement