Tony Bellew issues warning to Oleksandr Usyk

Tony Bellew has warned Oleksandr Usyk not to overlook him ahead of possible fight with Anthony Joshua .

Usyk will put his four cruiserweight world titles on the line against Bellew in Manchester next weekend.

And should he win, he could move up a division to take on heavyweight champion Joshua.

But Bellew told Sky Sports : "I’ve been written off before, I’m being written off again.

"More people thought I was going to get knocked out, going into the first David Haye fight, then think I can lose this fight, so it’s nothing new.

"Everybody thought I was a sacrificial lamb, going into the first David Haye fight, and I proved that I wasn’t.

"This is exactly the same. It looks on paper as if I haven’t got a hope in hell. It’s nothing new to me.

"People look at me as if they think I’m a good enough name for them to qualify to fight AJ. 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."

Bellew won back-to-back fights against Haye but expects to retire following his clash with Usyk.

The Ukrainian unified the 200lb division by winning the World Boxing Super Series final against Murat Gasiev in July.

And Usyk said earlier this week: "[Joshua is] absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. The fighter is quite well trained, I do not see anything not ordinary.

"Do you know I cannot tell you in advance before this fight happens. When promoters start negotiations between Usyk and Joshua, then I will get ready for that.

"If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans. Do you understand that my father raised me not to tell what hasn’t happened yet."

Who wins this one?


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