Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk calls out Tony Bellew for heavyweight fight

Oleksandr Usyk v Thabiso Mchunu

Following Oleksandr Usyk's victory against Murat Gassiev last night, the Ukrainian boxer used the post-fight interview to call out his next potential opponent - with Tony Bellew being his new target. 

Although this fight was generally seen as a relatively tight competition between the two before fight night, Usyk eased to victory with the official scorecards reading 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109. 

Furthermore, Usyk is now the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world and was awarded the Muhammad Ali Trophy by Ali's widow, Lonnie. 

However, it appears that the Ukrainian machine has got his eyes set on a bigger prize.

Usyk is considering moving into the heavyweight division to conquer yet another weight class. 

When asked about whether a match-up with Tony Bellew would interest the Ukrainian, Usyk revealed this: "Definitely, I'd go to England to get that fight." 

Since turning professional in 2013, Usyk has amassed quite an impressive record.

The Ukrainian currently possesses a record of 15-0, with 11 of these resulting in a knockout.

In addition to this, he is only the second boxer to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world - not bad Oleksandr, not bad at all. 

Furthermore, the Ukrainian demonstrated his eagerness to fight within the heavyweight division, and particularly against Tony Bellew, as he went on record to say that if Bellew wasn't willing to drop down to cruiserweight, he is more than happy to make the jump to heavyweight.

However, it appears that Usyk may have met his match as the English boxer took to Twitter to accept the Ukrainian's challenge.

"Usyk I was BORN READY!! Let's get this done," Bellew shared.

Tony Bellew's last fight came against David Haye in their greatly anticipated rematch, where the former came out on top once again, with the scouser dispatching Haye in the fifth round. 

Whether this fight comes to fruition is a separate story, however, this match-up will undoubtedly be one of the greatest fights of the year as Bellew could continue his dominance or a new global star could be born. 

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