Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Usyk tells Bellew: A little less conversation, a little more action

Usyk tells Bellew: A little less conversation, a little more action

Campaigning at heavyweight in the Amateurs, Usyk is used to fighting bigger guys, but hopefully Bellew's speed, heart and enthusiasm will be enough to counter the technical ability of Usyk.

"But, the thing with boxing, from like middleweight up, it takes one punch". And if Bellew can take a wife, he said in an interview with ESPN.

I was about 95 per cent sure I was going to retire, and I think he is too, so it will get you through the camp better, said Froch.

Even if you're in the last round, look at me against Jermain Taylor, behind on all the scorecards, I stopped him with 14 seconds to go.

"Remember, I'm coming from the light-heavyweight division".

"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]". It'll really make a difference come fight night.

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But his saves kept the hosts in the game right until the end, and Icardi took the one chance he had to save a point. They will probably see more off the ball, which likely translates to more chances for the clinical Mauro Icardi .

So as unbeatable as Usyk looks physically, if anyone is going to beat him it's going to be Bellew.

The outspoken figure, nicknamed "The Bomber" due to his incredible punching power, faces the toughest test of his professional career against Usyk, who is widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters anywhere on the planet thanks to his relentless style and ruthless aggression inside the ring.

"He's pound for pound up there with the big boys, my best-ever opponent, but he's not Lomachenko".

"His willingness to exchange, his willingness to fight fire with fire".

"There are openings - but listen, there are a lot more openings in me than there is him".

"When I boxed him I saw that". It's a fight that's credible, and I respect Bellew, because after that David Haye fight it was a question whether he was going to retire or was he going to carry on? The inaugural victor of the World Boxing Super Series arrives in Manchester on Saturday as the holder of every belt at 200lbs, and although Coldwell is full of respect for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, hours studying the man have alerted him to issues that he believes his fighter must exploit.

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