Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk set to collide as negotiations begin


Eddie Hearn is confident of securing a bout between Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk and has stated that talks are scheduled for later this week.

The Olympic champ Usyk dominated his Russian opponent Murat Gassiev in a unanimous decision victory in the World Boxing Super Series final last night to become the first man to hold all four world cruiserweight titles.

The win also sees the Ukrainian claim the inaugural World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy, and post-fight he made his intentions clear to the boxing world by calling out Liverpudlian cruiserweight, turned heavyweight, Tony Bellew.

Bellew responded almost immediately via Twitter proclaiming: "Usyk, I was BORN READY!! Let’s get this done!”

Usyk then swiftly replied stating: “I’M ALSO READY!”

Eddie Hearn then confirmed his intent to sanction the clash by tweeting his approval.

Hearn is certainly optimistic the fight could be arranged and feels it will be a box office hit as his Liverpudlian bruiser will pocket millions.

“That was a big win for Usyk and he has established himself as arguably the pound-for-pound No 1 in boxing right now,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

“Bellew vs Usyk is one of the best fights that can be made right now.

David Haye v Tony Bellew

“Tony has felt fantastic up around the 15st weight and I’m not sure he will make cruiser again, but I know with Usyk’s desire to move to heavyweight that it certainly wouldn’t be a deal breaker.

“I spoke to Tony on Saturday night and he made his intentions very clear. I also reached out to Usyk’s team and we will continue dialogue this week.”

Bellew has been out of the ring since his May rematch defeat of David Haye at the O2 Arena in London and will have to be at his very best should he wish to defeat Usyk and become the unified cruiserweight champion of the world.

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