A reluctant Tony Bellew has spoken out on the ability of the current ‘big fighters’ in the heavyweight division.
Before his latest and last fight in his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, Bellew braced the heavyweight division on two occasions - both resulted in phenomenal wins against former champion David Haye.
Despite only having fought twice, Bellew has a strong understanding of the division and has grown fond of a few of its fighters. However, it is fair to say he has grown not so fond of others.
In a rare interview captured with the former cruiserweight champion at the James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr fight, Bellew was quick to praise fellow Brit and good friend Anthony Joshua.
The British heavyweight champion of the world will travel to New York later in the year to fight Jarrell Miller. Bellew, though, believes that there is no one in the heavyweight division better than Joshua.
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He said: “AJ is the best heavyweight in the world.
"Physically, athletically, everything. He is fast and explosive. He is the perfect role model. To look at where he has come from to where he is now is incredible.”
He then compared the current greatest heavyweight in the world to who he believes is the world’s worst heavyweight champion of all time.
Bellew was extremely critical of Deontay Wilder’s unorthodox style of punching.
"The worst, least technically gifted heavyweight champion ever,” started Bellew.
“Deontay Wilder is the worst heavyweight champion of all time. Technically, I don’t think there has ever been a worse champion.
"This man can’t throw a proper combination. This man hits the lights when he throws a right hand. He is ultimately a one trick pony.
"Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fantastic trick, but it is just one. He has been exposed at the top level.”
Next came the Gypsy King.
Bellew was full of nothing but praise for Tyson Fury and said that his speed and skill are simply abnormal for his huge stature.
He said: “Fury could be the most effective heavyweight I’ve ever seen. I can’t explain how he can do what he can do being the size he is. He’s gifted. Genetically he’s a freak and that’s a good thing. It’s freaky what he can do at the size and that weight.”
He also compared Fury to the challenge of Joshua.
“But against someone like AJ, who is just a relentless machine who is just as fast, much more powerful and much more explosive, he will catch him.”
Then, Bellew expressed his excitement for Joshua’s latest challenge in Madison Square Garden.
“AJ vs Miller is a fascinating fight if he [Miller] is still on his feet after four rounds, “continued Bellew. “If Miller can take the punches, it’s a hard fight. Any man who is walking round with that kind of weight - if he’s there after four rounds - is a problem. He’s so heavy, he’s so big.”
Finally, Bellew claimed that boxing – in particular the heavyweight division – is at its all-time best.
“Boxing has never been better than what it is now,” concluded the Evertonian.News Now - Sport News