Anthony Joshua: Oleksandr Usyk is a ’perfect’ fighter

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

Recall, the fight Bellew-Mustache for the title of world champion under versions WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA Super heavyweight will take place on Saturday 10 November in Manchester.

Boxing is a sport that waits for no man and this weekend will see British viewers tuning into see one of the hottest properties in the fight game.

"We all know he's got that as well, so that's what makes it so interesting".

Tony Bellew holds "100 per cent" belief that he will triumph in the "ultimate" fight against Oleksandr Usyk, says promoter Eddie Hearn. And then he even moved up to heavyweight to secure back to back knockout wins over two division champion David Haye. So, Tony is yet to step in the ring with any monsters, whereas Usyk has.

The heavyweight star admits Usyk should be the bookmakers' favourite but is refusing to rule out fans' favourite Bellew.

You talk about [Lloyd] Honeyghan against [Donald] Curry, and things like that, but this is for the undisputed championship. He finds your weaknesses and exploits them. This guy is a better fighter than me, he is, I have no problem saying that.

He just believes it's going to happen, and I think that's part of the process - the key to making it happen, is believing it. It'll really make a difference come fight night.

Have you worked on changing your image in recent years?

I believe he started camp very early; I saw him at the AJ fight and he looked in good shape already.

This is the fight that will write the biggest headlines on "The Bomber's" career.

"He is definitely one of the best boxers in the world, he's outstanding at what he does", Bellew told ESPN.

"Oleksandr Usyk throws with much more variety but people can only punch you if you are standing still with your hands up around your head like Murat Gassiev did [in July, when Usyk won a unanimous decision to unify the world cruiserweight titles]".

Usyk is very, very unsafe, he's on a roll and he's in his peak. I am feeling wonderful, healthy, and confident. Just as the fight is billed - he who dares.

I would shoot to his body as I've seen him hurt a few years ago with this strategy.

Stevenson was the last fighter to pull off a victory over Bellew, when he stopped him in six rounds back in 2013 at 175-pounds.

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