BOXING: Bellew and Usyk square up

By Tom Woods Friday, 27 July 2018 11:39 0
LOOKING AHEAD: Bellew has a range of fighting options before him. LOOKING AHEAD: Bellew has a range of fighting options before him. Kevin Morejon/Flickr

BRITON Tony Bellew and Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk both say they are “ready” to fight each other.

Usyk, 31, became the first man to hold all four world cruiserweight titles: WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF, when he beat Murat Gassiev on Saturday to win the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.

After the fight, Bellew tweeted: “Usyk I was born ready. Let’s get this done.”

The Olympic 2012 gold medallist, who has won all of his 15 professional fights, replied: “I’m also ready.”

Bellew, 35, has beaten compatriot David Haye at heavyweight in his past two fights, and his promoter Eddie Hearn says talks about a fight against Usyk will take place this week.

“Tony has felt fantastic up around the 15st weight and I’m not sure he will make cruiser again but I know with Usyk’s desire to move to heavyweight it certainly wouldn’t be a deal-breaker,” he told Sky Sports.

While Bellew is keen on the fight, he also as WBC lightweight champion Adonis Stevenson in his sights, who he was defeated by in 2013.

“If I face him and win, I’d have beaten every man I have ever fought in a ring,” said Bellew.

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