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Tyson Fury's tweet after Tony Bellew vs Oleksandr Usyk is announced

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British boxing is set for a truly massive night on November 10.

After weeks of deliberation, Tony Bellew's fight with Olesksandr Usyk was finally announced.

The bout will take place in the Manchester Arena, with Usyk the latest big signing to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom - the same promotion company as Bellew.

Ukraine's finest is currently the undisputed cruiserweight champion after beating Murat Gassiev in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia back in May.

It will be Bellew's toughest fight of a brilliant career, which has seen him beat the likes of David Haye and BJ Flores.

And it seems even his biggest critics are impressed with the bottle the Bomber has shown in taking the mega-fight.

Bellew and Tyson Fury have been engaged in a war of words throughout 2018, but even the Gypsy King saw fit to show the Liverpudlian some appreciation on Twitter.

Fury sent a classy message Bellew's way, but couldn't resist a dig at Anthony Joshua in the process.

FURY'S TWEET

The lineal heavyweight champion wrote: "Big respect to @TonyBellew for taking the @usykaa fight real ballsy move.👍🏻 a lot bigger balls than his team mate!!! I hope he wins.🙏🏻👍🏻"

Fair play to Fury, but was the shot at Joshua really necessary?

It is well-known that the Brit failed to settle on a deal to fight Deontay Wilder, who is set to be Fury's next opponent.

Fury & Wilder

But Joshua meets another high-profile opponent in Alexander Povetkin on September 22 and it's more than likely that a fight with Wilder will eventually be sorted.

As for Bellew, he thinks he can get the better of Usyk because he's more of an 'amateur fighter'.

"I was on the same amateur circuit as him and have sparred with him," Bellew told Sky Sports. "He's fantastic, formidable at everything he does.

"But he is the perfect amateur - I don't believe he is the perfect professional.

"This is a fight between two small heavyweights, and you're going to see an amazing amateur boxer shown the way by a very well-schooled professional fighter."

Topics:
Oleksandr Usyk
Murat Gassiev
Eddie Hearn
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury
Tony Bellew
David Haye
Boxing

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