The Reason’s Why Usyk Will Defeat Bellew
By Dan McConnell
Cruiserweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk (15-0) puts his titles on the line against Liverpool’s Tony Bellew (30-2-1) this Saturday night in the Manchester Arena in England for the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF titles.
Here are my three reasons why I believe the Ukrainian will come out on top:
1- Usyk Has fought For Multiple World Titles
Oleksandr Usyk is man who is only 31, but has already cleaned out the Cruiserweight division and unified the titles. From when he won the WBO title in September 2016 against Polish-man Glowacki he has retained that title three times before winning the WBC title against Mairis Briedis in January of this year. Moving up the ranks nicely the Ukrainian took on WBA and IBF Cruiserweight champion Murat Gassiev in July 2018 to unify the division in Gassiev’s own back yard of Russia. The progression of Usyk has been very impressive especially in hostile situations, to win multiple titles in any division but on the opponents turf even the more to respect. Tony Bellew won the vacant WBC Cruiserweight title in May 2016 with victory over Llunga Makabu via third round knockout in his hometown of Liverpool, but was this much of a test compared to what Usyk has faced?
2- Happy To Go Out Of His Comfort Zone
This perfectly takes me onto my next point. While racking up title defences and titles Usyk is more than happy to go out of his comfort zone to defend and put his titles on the line when it matters. We have seen this in the past when he took on Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland, Thabiso Mchunu and Michael Hunter in the US, Marco Huck in Germany, Mairis Briedis in Latvia and most recently Gassiev in his native Russia. Fighting Tony Bellew in Manchester, England is not going to phase the Ukrainian one bit. He has done it many times before, while 32 out of 33 fights for Bellew have been fought inside the UK.
3- Stylistic Advantage
Usyk is a man who is in the prime of his career while opponent Bellew has openly said that he hasn’t got many fights left. Usyk has been given the nickname ‘The Cat’ for a reason. His lovely crisp movement and speed which he has used from his days way back in the Olympics to pick opponents apart is a real problem for Bellew. The fact he is a southpaw and Bellew is an orthodox fighters gives Usyk that unexpected ability to change angles, throw left hooks and bombs that you may not train for every day with that different stance. This ability has developed throughout his career when he has shown that he can take the fight the distance, finish opponents early or in the late rounds, he simply has it all. Bellew ‘the Bomber’ can only win one way and that’s via knockout.