Tony Bellew is the 2nd hottest British fighter going these days next to the international juggernaut of Anthony Joshua, but now Bellew makes a move back down to Cruiser for a crack at the latest wunderkind on the block, Oleksandr Usyk, the winner of every cruiserweight belt on the planet that counts for anything. The action takes place in Merry aulde England, ie Bellew’s home environs Saturday, November 10th @Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
It’s quite difficult to see how Bellew wins this thing short of a crippling Usyk injury, but he is a very clever lad with a sneaky punch, so we cannot dismiss him outright. Bellew’s biggest problem this go round after epic mullerings of David Haye bumrushed him to the international limelight is that the undefeated Usyk is not only very agile on his feet, unlike the crippled Haye, but has become quite adept at going into a fighter’s hostile territory as he did most recently with the top ranked Russian, Murat Gassiev. Bellew is well aware of modern boxing’s stay at home mentality, and thus may well be very defensive to lay in wait for any Usyk error to pounce on to leverage a takeover of the fight. Bellew is also in a great upswing mentally bolstered by Usyk being the UK interloper if the fight goes to a decision.
Insert hometown decision here______
A weakness of that strategy is that with all four of the major titles on the line, the BBB of C may be forced into accepting an international cast of judges, and perhaps also the referee. The BBB of C referee selection has generally been sacrosanct, so we shall see.
There has been a growing public awareness of how punch drunken sensitive the ruling ABC orgs and the various commishes have become over the near weekly outrage by fans over their bumbling oversight of such high powered bouts as this is, so perhaps for once the public has waged a good fight for improvements to the sport that desperately needs to upgrade itself.