Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 11/11/18
Boxing specialist Dan Frost (@DannyBoyFrost) previews Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew and provides us with his best bets for Saturday night’s super fight in Manchester.
Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/11/18
- Time: Approx. 10-10.30pm
- Venue: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
- Channel: Sky Sports Box Office, 6pm
Unified and undisputed Cruiserweight king, Oleksandr Usyk ‘didn’t want a defence – he wanted a challenge’ according to his manager, Egis Klimas.
This Saturday, 10th of November, former WBC counterpart, Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew, steps into the ring at the Manchester Arena and will look to provide the brilliant Ukrainian with just that. In July, the masterful Usyk recorded an incredible feat in Moscow by beating the undefeated home fighter, Murat Gassiev by wide unanimous decision to unify all 4 major world titles, the Ring magazine and the prestigious Muhammad Ali Trophy. Along the way, cemented himself as one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world in the process.
Which now leads us to fight week. Coming off 2 victories over former 2 weight world champion, David Haye at Heavyweight, Bellew will be entering the bout full of confidence. He’ll have been tirelessly putting in the graft to get his 6’ 3’ frame back down to the 200Ibs limit – a weight he’s not had to boil to for over 2 years. Win, lose or draw, Bellew is stating this will be his last professional fight, so no stone will be left unturned for his huge chance at significantly enhancing his legacy.
Usyk, by his own admission, had no legitimate challenges left at the weight. But made the decision to delay a trip north to the flagship Heavyweight division – for a fight he feels he could have a point to prove. A masterful technician in the ring, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist and stellar amateur has skills in abundance, and certainly represents the toughest challenge of Tony Bellew’s career.
- 15 fights – 15 wins (11 KOs)
- Last Fight: Murat Gassiev, UD12
- 33 fights – 31 wins (20 KOs)/1 draw
- Last Fight: David Haye, TKO5
All his career, Bellew has been listed as the underdog, and yet again, nothing has changed here in that respect! And rightfully so with this formidable task.
Usyk will enter the bout as a strong favourite to retain his titles. But what Bellew has in his locker, is an extraordinary will to win, and could also be considered the bigger puncher of the two.
So, a fight that all in all won’t be as one-sided as suggested by some in the boxing fraternity.
As brilliant as Usyk has been with his footwork, punch variety and timing on his rise to Cruiserweight supremacy, he’s not looked unbeatable – something we’ve seen in his tougher than expected World Series Semi-final defeat of Marius Briedis. Team Bellew will take positives from that, when trying to exploit any weaknesses in Usyk’s armoury.