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Bellew was stopped in the eight round by Usyk.

Boxing fans react to Tony Bellew's post-fight interview after Oleksandr Usyk loss

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Tony Bellew’s incredible boxing career didn’t get a fairytale ending after he was stopped in the eighth-round by undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, .

Bellew started the fight strongly and was even ahead of two of the judges’ scorecards before he was knocked out by a brutal left hand by Usyk.

And with his victory, Usyk retained his IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles, making it 16-0.

While Bellew insisted he will now definitely retire, Usyk will now be targeting the biggest names in the sport.

And Bomber didn’t hesitate in paying tribute to his opponent after the fight.

However, in that post-fight interview with Sky Sports, Bellew clearly wasn’t all there.

To be fair, he had just been knocked out just minutes before.

But every boxing fan that was watching noticed how Bellew kept repeating the same things - and twice forget which round he was knocked out in the space of 30 seconds.

WATCH: BELLEW'S POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW

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And it was something that fans found difficult to watch - and believed Sky Sports should have stopped the interview when they noticed something wasn’t quite right.

Check out the reaction:

You can understand why Sky Sports were so desperate to grab a few words from Bellew straight after his fight - especially with him confirming his retirement.

But surely a more extensive medical assessment should be the priority, rather than a post-fight interview.

After Bellew was finally allowed to get checked, his promoter Eddie Hearn paid tribute to him and his career.

Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew - Cruiserweight World Title Fight

"I thought he won the first three rounds and started to fade a bit. He just came up against a great fighter.

"He's given everything to this sport and I am so pleased people have seen the real Tony Bellew. For now we should pay tribute to Tony Bellew. A great man, a great fighter."

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Oleksandr Usyk
Eddie Hearn
Tony Bellew
Boxing

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