Tony Bellew addresses fight rumours with Oleksandr Usyk

Tony Bellew and David Haye Press Conference

As Oleksandr Usyk created a bit of history at the weekend by becoming the first boxer ever to hold all four cruiserweight belts at one time, one man in particular has been called out to face him next. 

Tony Bellew was as surprised as anyone else to the news Usyk wanted a showdown.

"I couldn't believe my name was the first out of his mouth," he told TalkSPORT.

"But when I left the cruiserweight division two years ago, I said I was the best in the world, and he obviously believed what I said.

"He’s defeated all the other cruiserweights and the first name he’s called is mine."

The fighting talk began straight away from the Englishman.

As he was asked how he would beat the impressive Usyk, he simply said: “I’ll chin him! No two ways about it.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve and I don’t for one minute believe I’m a better boxer than Oleksandr Usyk, but what I can do is I can draw him into mistakes.

“I don’t care what anybody says, I’m a far bigger puncher than Murat Gassiev, I only need one – I’ve showed that over the last few years.

David Haye v Tony Bellew

“I’m happy. He wants to fight in England, Eddie [Hearn] has already made calls.

“If it’s solely down to me, it’s happening. I want to see it happen and I want it before the end of the year."

Bellew also made a confession later in the interview, revealing: "If it is Usyk, it will be my last fight ever."

Asked why he thought this, he revealed just how demanding and draining the fight would be.

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“I say that because I know how damaging the fight is going to be.

“I’m going to take a lot of stick in that fight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to come through it and I’ll get him at some point, but I’ll take a lot of stick and I’ll be losing when I knock him out.”

The former champion clearly knows that he is not quite at the peak of his abilities anymore, and if the fight gets the go-ahead he will be in for a tough night. 

The 35-year-old clearly believes he has one fight left in him after an impressive career with a total 30 wins from 33 bouts. 

During his prime, he was one of the best at what he does, he may not be quite at the level he once was, but he will be aiming for one last win to show the world how good he can be. 

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