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Wladimir Klitschko Backs Usyk To Do Big Things at Heavyweight

By Miguel Rivera

WBO, IBF, WBA, WBC cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk, considered one of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters after becoming the first cruiserweight to have unified the four major titles in boxing, has sparred with heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, as he prepares for his expected fight on November 10 against Tony Bellew.

Klitschko revealed the boxing ability that Usyk has (15-0, 11 KOs) in terms of technique, and the speed of hands that will shower down on Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) , a man who like his countryman has the ability to do magic in the ring, so he predicted fireworks when they meet at the Manchester Arena.

"I have to tell you that, currently, we have boxed and I have to brag that I still have something," said Wladimir to BoxingScene.com. "It was three weeks ago that we boxed, he has very quick hands, a beautiful technique, and I have to say that it was not easy. I would have no doubt that he has the opportunity [to do big things] also at heavyweight, but with the ideal time to adapt [to the weight limit]."

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Usyk comes off from winning the Muhammad Ali trophy in the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament and with it was placed in the Top Ten of the best pound for pound, and instead of grabbing a quiet fight, he decided to face another dangerous opponent in Bellew, who returns from two knockout victories at heavyweight over David Haye.

"I'm excited about Usyk, he's young, he's breaking all the records, he's just become the undisputed champion," agreed Wladimir.

"I tell you that Bellew is going to face a very complete fighter, with great pace and probably in his best form in Usyk, he is undefeated, he is a world champion and he has not lost in years, I'm not saying it's going to be easy but I want my countryman to keep winning.

"What many fans do not know is that Bellew is capable of magic in the ring, and precisely because of that this fight will be very exciting for the fans."