Usyk has to go through me before fighting Joshua, - Bellew

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian will stand against the British on November 10; Usyk is to defend his absolute world heavyweight champion title for the first time
11:13, 2 November 2018


British boxer Tony Bellew spoke to the press, sharing his thoughts on the upcoming fight against Oleksandr Usyk, the absolute world heavyweight champion. The Independent reported this on Friday.

'People look at me as if they think I'm a good enough name for them to qualify to fight AJ (Anthony Joshua, - 112 International). I don't know how they think that, but they do. Oleksandr Usyk will not be the first, and he possibly won't be the last. Let's just see how it goes. Ultimately he has to go through me. Everyone has to go through me. Let's just see how that pans out', he said.

The fight between Bellew and Usyk is to take place in Manchester on November 10. It will be Usyk's first time to defend his absolute world heavyweight champion title.

Earlier, Oleksandr Usyk's former James Ali Bashir complimented the Ukrainian boxer, as Tribuna reports. 'I consider Usyk the world’s best boxer. There are many good boxers, who can do lots of things. In my opinion, Oleksandr Usyk has the full package. I am not diminishing Vasyl Lomachenko’s accomplishments, he is good as well,' he said.

Related: I fight Bellew to get to Joshua, - Usyk

The ex-coach stated that Usyk had not fulfilled his potential yet.

'I have been working with him for three years. It is not even his peak. Oleksandr has great skills, for sure, he knows what he is doing. And with all my love to Joshua, even he could not beat Usyk. Sasha is an embodiment of a real boxer,' Bashir said.

Related: Bellew claims to punch Usyk 'as hard as he can'

Related: Boxing: Usyk-Bellew bout could be held in Manchester, Liverpool or London, - Bellew's promoter

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