Oleksandr Usyk-Tony Bellew talks to begin this week.
Tony Bellew’s promoter, Eddie Hearn,has stated that talks with Oleksandr Usyk’s team will commence this week.
Usyk dominated former unified champion Murat Gassiev this past weekend. Soon after, the new cruiserweight kingpin called out former WBC cruiserweight Champion Tony Bellew.
Usyk has long desired a move to the heavyweight division after cleaning out the cruiserweight division. With that now accomplished, he could be headed north for his next fight.
Bellew fought his last two fights at heavyweight against David Haye. However, he’s spoken about the possibility of dropping back down to take on the winner of Usyk-Gassiev.
But, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn, making the weight may not be possible at this point.
Both fighters are close in size and height. So, regardless of what weight class the fight happens in, both men would be on an even playing field.
This matchup could present opportunities for both men. Usyk would get to test out his body as a heavyweight, albeit against a smaller one. On the other hand, Bellew gets a chance to defeat one of the top P4P fighters in the world today.
By: Jerrell Fletcher