Lomachenko: I'm Convinced Usyk Will Beat Joshua and Bellew

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 WBA, IBO, WBO, IBF heavyweight champion 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 unified heavyweight champion is within his considerable reach.

Usyk (15-0, 11 KOs), who signed a co-promotional deal with Joshua's handler Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, wants to challenge the hard punching world champion by the end of 2019.

Lomachenko joined Usyk at ringside at Wembley on Saturday to watch Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs) stop Alexander Povetkin, and he told Press Association Sport: “Usyk can be very special, because he can beat Bellew and he can beat Joshua. It’s going to be a tough fight for both of them.

“[Joshua-Usyk] would be a very interesting fight for the fans, and for boxing. Even for me it would be very interesting. I’m convinced [he wins both], and he still has some way to go [before he shows how good he actually is].

“He has had a very good amateur schooling, and always takes fight preparations very seriously. Today he’s maybe too small, but in the next year he can gain mass and be exactly like these big guys.

“More opportunities have come for the Eastern fighters to show the West how good they are – that’s why we’re seeing this now.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by batista84 on 12-13-2018

[QUOTE=Koba-Grozny;19253787]Luis. I know Victor is said to put on a few Lbs between fights, but I don't think he's quite a Heavyweight just yet.[/QUOTE] lmao, had not realized I put Victor instead of Luis.

Comment by Jax teller on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19150445]If Usyk fought Ortiz, I would have massive respect for him, win or lose.[/QUOTE] He's a clearly top HW but why do you rate Ortiz so high I don't get what he's done to be put above the others?

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=batista84;19142778]Call me crazy but I think Usyk can beat any HW not named [B]Victor[/B] Ortiz. And that is based on styles, Ortiz to me is the most skilled guy in the hw vidision, was outclassing Wilder till he got cracked..…

Comment by JWHardin on 11-07-2018

[QUOTE=Damn Wicked;19149629]I don't know if Usyk will be a great heavyweight or not but [B][U]he's 3 years older than Joshua and Wilder[/U][/B]....That's not a good thing for a guy who will be depending on his reflexes to beat the heavyweight…

Comment by JWHardin on 09-29-2018

[QUOTE=LetOutTheCage;19147159]Sure I wouldnt expect Usyk to go from Bellew straight to Wilder/Joshua. He would need to dip his toes in the heavyweight division first. Yeah Ortiz would be a dangerous opponent as he probably better technically than both Wilder and…

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