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Johnny Nelson reveals Usyk bossed Klitschko in sparring ahead of Fury fight

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Johnny Nelson has some worrying news for Tony Bellew ahead of his title fight against undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksander Usyk on November 10.

Bellew is returning to cruiserweight competition after his two fight series at heavyweight against fellow Brit David Haye which saw 'Bomber' record two convincing wins.

Undefeated Ukrainian Usyk comes into the bout as the first fighter to hold all four major world championships at cruiserweight and is currently the bookies favourite.

Of course, Bellew is a former champion at cruiserweight, having taken the WBC title from Ilunga Makabu in 2016 and then successfully defending it against BJ Flores before he made his step up to heavyweight.

Meanwhile, southpaw Usyk is expected to make his own step up to heavyweight in the future and has impressed with his performances in the World Boxing Super Series which have seen him rated among the best active boxers pound-for-pound.

If Bellew was in any doubt that he was in for a test - an interview with Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson from April has resurfaced that bears some worrying news for Merseyside born boxer.

Nelson revealed how Usyk once completely ‘bossed’ former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko while helping him prepare to face Tyson Fury.

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Nelson told Behind The Gloves earlier in the year: “I rate Usyk. When I saw him sparring with Wladimir when Wladimir was preparing for Tyson Fury, I said ‘Who is that guy? Who is he?'

“I had no idea, but I know there was something special about him. He did one round with Wladimir, and Wladimir slung him out and said, ‘get out, not while the press is here.’

“He was making it hard for Wladimir. He was like bossing Wladimir. ‘Get him out. Get somebody else in.'"

Usyk clearly made quite an impression then, even when he was virtually unknown to many in the boxing fraternity.

Klitschko would, of course, go on to lose against Fury who shocked the world to claim all the belts on offer, a feat that Bellew will be looking to emulate in his own bout.

Topics:
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Oleksandr Usyk
Wladimir Klitschko
Tyson Fury
Tony Bellew
Boxing

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