Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bellew vs Usyk Preview and Prediction

Bellew vs Usyk Preview and Prediction

A close friend of pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, the Kiev native comes into the Bellew fight as the undisputed champion at 200lbs and he certainly packs a punch as some of his past opponents will no doubt testify.

Bellew will challenge Usyk, the division's undisputed champion, in Saturday's fight at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office. It's just the way it goes and I believe I've got a style that will cause Oleksandr Usyk a lot of problems.

I was the last guy Tony stepped in the ring with but Usyk is very different to myself, most notably because of his stance.

Burns won his 50th fight as a professional in June, stopping Croat Ivan Njegac after four rounds and returns to the scene of his October 2017 points loss to Anthony Crolla determined to prove he has plenty left in the tank.

The one thing you need to know with Tony Bellew is he doesn't look great aesthetically, but somehow, he finds a way to win.

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Bellew is a huge underdog against Usyk. Good look to Bellew we are rooting for you.

The "Rickster" still harbors dreams of fighting for world titles again and a rematch with Manchester favorite Crolla is top of a list of fights he wants as he prepares to write new chapters in his fantastic journey. But all fighters have vulnerabilities and I have to expose his.

Have you worked on changing your image in recent years?

I don't think there will be an issue with Bellew coming down to the cruiserweight category after going up around a stone in weight against myself past year, he didn't bulk up and do a lot of bodybuilding.

His trainer, Dave Coldwell, explained the way Bellew can win on Saturday night, whilst admitting he was emotional about the Evertonian training with him for the final time. That's the reason I didn't struggle with David Haye's speed and David Haye is much quicker than Oleksandr Usyk with one punch, and much, much, more destructive with the way he hits. He's got to fight until the last second of the last round, and put the pressure on him late.

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