Bellew Usyk could go November 10th Eddie Hearn says
Bellew Usyk could go November 10th Eddie Hearn says after positive talks.
After beating Russian Murat Gassiev in Moscow on July 21, Ukranian boxer Oleksandr Usky called out on British warrior Tony Bellew to fight him.
“I heard Tony Bellew is looking to fight the winner of the World Boxing Super Series.” Said Usyk, “So hey, Tony Bellew, come to see me. I am ready. Usky also added that ‘If he doesn’t come down [to cruiserweight] I will go up [to heavyweight].’The calls from the jubilant champion have been answered.
The fight is closer now as Bellew’s promoter Eddie Hearn hints on a November 10 date for the bout.
“One night, one fight can change so much in boxing so quickly,” Said Hearn, “Tony doesn’t need the fight, but he does want it.”
The fight has a balancing matrix since Bellew has been fighting heavyweight. His last fight was in May at the Oz, where he triumphed over the ‘Hayemaker” in a rematch.
“Tony doesn’t need the fight, but he does want it.”Hearn further quipped, “I suggested to him that he should take the fight at 15-stone-plus (heavyweight) because that’s where he’s been fighting at, but he wants it at cruiserweight.”
Before fixing this fight, Bellew had several options, and Hearn was looking to match him up with a number of boxers. Among them is Canada-based American boxer Adonis Stevenson as well as Andre Ward.
As the inaugural champion of the WBSS Muhammad Ali Trophy, Usyk will no doubt be looking to step up his boxing career, and a few more challenges might also be in line for him. He now has the four cruiserweight belts which make him an outright target for
Itching fighters. One of the immediate expectations is that Usyk would step up to heavyweight having plausibly dominated cruiserweight.
But Bellew admits that the fight won’t be a walk in the park. He said,
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve, and I don’t for one minute believe I’m a better boxer than Oleksandr Usyk, but what I can do is I can draw him into mistakes.”
Admittedly, both boxers have worked hard at this level in their respective careers, and an opportunity to make advancements is much welcome. With both men well into their thirties, Bellew ( 35) and Usyk (31), the next phase of their career is a defining moment and crucial in leaving a mark.
This is particularly essential for Bellew has confirmed that it will be his last before he hangs up his gloves. He would ultimately want to walk away triumphantly, and this is how he summed it up :
“If it’s solely down to me, it’s happening. I want to see it happen and I want it before the end of the year. And if it is Usyk, it’ll be my last fight ever. I know how damaging the fight is going to be.“ I’m going to come through it, and I’ll get him at some point, but I’ll take a lot of stick, and I’ll be losing when I knock him out.”