An intense, blood-freezing staredown took place between Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew in Manchester on Thursday night. It's not in the ring yet, but the atmosphere of the fight is clearly out there, up in the air.
The two fighters came to the press conference for the ceremonial staredown and spoke with the press, Boxing News Online wrote.
Both approached the reporters with their faces half-closed by hoodies, with Usyk holding all his champion belts. After a staredown, both turned to the audience, still looking at each other.
'I didn’t look in his eyes,' said Ukraine-born undisputed world champion, referring to Bellew. 'I looked between his eyes.' When asked what he saw, Usyk replied: 'What do you think? [I saw] what a sniper sees when he looks through the scope. I saw the target where I have to put my bullet'.
According to Usyk, Bellew is a dangerous opponent, and he's quite angry. 'Look at him. He’s the same height and size as me. Look at his eyes. They’re just angry!', he said.
The Ukrainian assumed that the most important in this fight is that both himself and his opponent badly want to show their skills. 'So it will be an unbelievably beautiful fight', Usyk claimed.
As is known, Ukraine's undisputed world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will fight with British boxer Tony Bellew in Manchester on November 10. Usyk will be defending his titles, and Bellew will try taking the belts from the Ukrainian.