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Meet Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk's opponent in upcoming boxing bout

Author : News Agency 112.ua

112 International offers the auidence a story of the man eager to move Usyk aside and become the new heavyweight king of the world
12:00, 7 November 2018

Tony Bellew
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Let us get acquainted with the opponent of our champion; as is known, Ukraine's undisputed world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk will fight with British boxer Tony Bellew in Manchester on November 10. 112 International will tell you how Tony Bellew became someone who theoretically could become the new heavyweight king.

Tony was born in Liverpool in 1982. He loved sports, especially football since childhood. Living in one of the 'football capitals' of England, he quite expectedly became an inveterate fan of Everton FC. He is a frequent guest of Goodison Park, where he won the WBC world title. His entrance to the ring is accompanied by music from Z-Cars TV series. Everton players enter the Goodison Park field with the same tune.

Bellew has been playing football since childhood, but later he switched to kickboxing. Over time, he had some luck on the amateur level. He had 104 fights, 100 of which ended with his victory. At his 20, he started boxing, and by 2007 he had 47 fights. This year, Bellew decided to go to professional boxing, and prior to that, for several years he had been working to improve his rating to have his first championship fight in 2011. His opponent was British Nathan Cleverley. However, his first attempt to take the belt failed as Cleverley won by the judges’ decision.

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Beaten but unbowed, Bellew decided to make it to the first heayweight division, which suited him much more, with his own height of 191 cm. In 2014, he managed to have his revenge on Cleverley. Two years later on his home arena of Goodison Park, he confidently outmatched Ilunga Makabu from Democratic Republic of the Congo, claiming the WBC world champion title.

Tony Bellew and David Haye
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In spring 2017, Tony Bellew held his first bout against David Haye; a fight to be remembered and reviewed many times. Initially, Haye used his speed to bay the opponent all over the ring. In Round 6, Haye suffered the injury to his ankle, which is why he was limping until the end of the fight. Bellew used this to his advantage and put the opponent to several knockdowns before Haye's corner finally threw the towel, asking to stop. In 2018, Haye got his chance for a re-match; but this time, Bellew was more ready than he was last time, winning the bout in Round 5 (TKO). After two victories over Haye, Bellew announced an end to his career.

And then, he changed his mind this summer, when Oleksandr Usyk defeated Murat Gassiev in the final of WBSS. The Ukrainian claimed the title of the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and challenged Bellew immediately after the fight. The British just couldn't say no to a chance to fight for all titles in the heavyweight division, so soon after that, the teams began to negotiate.  

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Boxing fans call Bellew 'The Bomber' for his ability to perform powerful series of punches with both of his hands. Unlike Mairis Briedis or Murat Gassiev, both of which Usyk defeated in WBSS, Bellew does not rely on one single powerful strike; instead, he chooses to surprise his opponent with unexpected movements and powerful combos. On the other hand, Bellew's defenses are nothing but poor; all of his more or less serious opponents happened to test his endurance and land strikes to his head. 

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In general, Tony Bellew could offer Oleksandr Usyk an atmosphere of the top fight, a the chance to enter the British money market and the desired fight against Anthony Joshua; Ukrainian considers the young British his next worthy opponent. If Usyk performs the way he did before, on the same decent level, Bellew will simply have no chances. The British has never had such a fast opponent before; so one can expect a full 12 round-fight and Usyk's victory on judges' decision.

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