A former opponent of Oleksandr Usyk, Tony Bellew, who at one time held the WBC cruiserweight world title, is favoring the WBO, IBF, and WBA heavyweight world champion Usyk, over the WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
Usyk and Bellew did battle in a memorable night in 2018, in which Bellew one some of the early rounds, but was stopped by Usyk who was undeterred on that given night. That knockout loss would retire Bellew from the sport, and start his broadcasting career.
The bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury is rumored to take place April 29th after Usyk has agreed to every demand including taking only 30% of the revenue split. Most early reports have the fight occurring at Wembley Stadium in London, England if it were to happen.
“Oleksandr Usyk has sold himself well short,” Bellew said. “He’s bowed to every demand and I think it’s crazy that he’s done that, but it is what it is. He’s done it for the good of boxing and he’s done it for the bettering of his country and that’s the kind of man he is, I’ve faced him, I know all about him.”
Though according to many early prognosticators and sport books, Fury is the early favorite, Bellew think that Usyk is the perfect to beat this version of Tyson Fury.
“That change of style will play into Oleksandr Usyk’s hands, it really will, and I’m tipping Oleksandr Usyk to win,” elaborated Bellew.