Eddie Hearn reveals discussions he's had with Tony Bellew regarding Oleksandr Usyk

David Haye v Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew has demanded that Eddie Hearn agrees a fight with Oleksandr Usyk at cruiserweight (200lbs).

Former world champion Bellew is willing to move down from heavyweight in an attempt to become the undisputed champion of the world.

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

The win also saw the Ukrainian claim the inaugural World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy.

Bellew moved up to heavyweight to record back-to-back victories over David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, and has no concerns about the prospect of facing Usyk at the lower weight.

The Liverpudlian appears determined to take all four belts from the Ukrainian KO specialist before he hangs up his gloves.

Eddie Hearn spoke recently with Boxingnews.net regarding the potential bout, and revealed the current thought process.

“Tony doesn’t need the fight, but he wants it. I said to him he’s got to take the fight at 15 stone plus because that’s where he’s at now.

“He haven’t been at cruiserweight for two years and then he phoned me back the next day and said, ‘No I want it at cruiserweight.’

David Haye v Tony Bellew

“He said if I’m going to put myself at risk and my body at significant risk, I want the money, but I want the glory of being undisputed cruiserweight champion.

“I’ve had to go back and say no it has to be at Cruiserweight, if he’s going to beat Usyk, beat him for everything he’s got.”

Hearn then added: “They (Usyk’s side) aren’t going to shy away from the fight, they think it’s going to be easy. Usyk believes he knocks Tony out early.”

Should the fight be agreed and confirmed it will almost certainly be a huge box-office success with both fighters garnering huge fan bases over their respective careers thus far.

Oleksandr Usyk v Thabiso Mchunu

Hearn concluded: “If Bellew wins this fight, I just hope he gets the credit he deserves as a pound-for-pound great."

At 35 years-of-age, Bellew isn’t getting any younger and this may well be his last prime time fight.

‘The Bomber’ showed the world just how strong his chin is when he absorbed all of David Haye’s strongest punches with little effect on the ruthlessly efficient Liverpudlian.

Hearn will now work diligently to agree a date and venue with Usyk and his team so that the boxing world can see these two titans clash in the near future.

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