Tony Bellew shared the ring with Oleksandr Usyk in his last fight as a professional and remains the best person to give Anthony Joshua any information on the capabilities of the Ukranian.
Back in 2018, Usyk unified the Cruiserweight division, then defended the belt with a brutal Knockout victory over Bellew, before moving up to heavyweight. The knockout loss sent Bellew straight back into retirement.
The fight with Joshua will be Usyk’s third since moving up to Heavyweight in 2019. The former undisputed Cruiserweight champion will stand a chance to win four heavyweight titles (IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO), which are presently held by Joshua.
Usyk wasn’t really impressive in his first two bouts and showed a lot of vulnerability in his fight against Dereck Chisora. However, Usyk has linked up with Vasily Lomachenko’s Father to aid in his preparation for Joshua.
Bellew believes Usyk will be much more dangerous in the Joshua fight than in other fight as his alliance with Loma’s father will enable the Usyk team work on a game plan that will enable him drain away the capabilities of Joshua.
“It’s a hard fight, I’m not gonna lie. It’s a very, very hard fight. If anything, it’s just got even harder because Usyk has now gone back with Lomachenko’s father. That makes it even harder because they will create a game plan that is gonna try and negate everything good that Anthony Joshua does,” Bellew told Talk Sport.
“They’re gonna try and take everything away from him. That’s what Usyk does so well. He takes away your strengths before he looks at implementing his own strengths. And by taking away your strengths, you’re lost. The things he does with his feet – he’s exceptional. So I think it’s a really hard fight, I think it’s really dangerous.”
Bellew see’s Joshua as a clear favourite and sees him facing lots of difficulties in the early rounds of the fight and will be down on points by the time he gets a knockout victory.
“I think Anthony Joshua will be down on points when he catches up with him,” Bellew said.
Anthony Joshua will fight for the first time since knocking out his IBF Mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December.