Boxing News: Tony Bellew’s opponent Oleksandr Usyk ‘bossed’ Wladimir Klitschko in sparring ahead of Tyson Fury fight, according to Johnny Nelson

CRUISERWEIGHT KING

The undefeated Ukrainian will put all four of his cruiserweight belts on the line on November 10 in Manchester

Oleksandr Usyk once dominated Wladimir Klitschko during sparring so badly, the former heavyweight champion told him to leave after one round.

Usyk is preparing to defend all four of his world cruiserweight titles against Tony Bellew in Manchester on November 10.

Usyk and Bellew will face off for the right to be called undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world

Usyk and Bellew will face off for the right to be called undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world

The Ukrainian is seen as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world having won the World Boxing Super Series in July of this year.

He is the only man to ever hold four world titles in the 200-pound division and is expected to move up to heavyweight later in his career. While many have failed to make the jump up in weight, it seems Usyk is well prepared.

Oleksandr Usyk Career Stats

The Ukrainian is a winning machine…

  • Born: 1987-01-17 (age 31)
  • Nationality: Ukrainian
  • Debut: November 9th, 2013
  • Stance: Southpaw
  • Height: 6′ 3″   /   190cm
  • Reach: 78″   /   198cm
  • Fights: 15
  • Rounds: 117
  • KO% – 73

Speaking in April, Sky Sports Boxing pundit Johnny Nelson revealed how Bellew’s opponent once completely ‘bossed’ former world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko while helping him prepare to face Tyson Fury.

It was a fight Klitschko would of course go on to lose, with Fury shocking the world to claim all the belts. However, as Nelson told Behind The Gloves, it was the performance of his sparring partner which left an equally indelible impression.

Fury bossed Klitschko in Dusseldorf back in 2015

Fury bossed Klitschko in Dusseldorf back in 2015

The Brit eventually claimed all of the world champion’s belt on that fateful night after winning a decision

The Brit eventually claimed all of the world champion’s belt on that fateful night after winning a decision

“I rate Usyk. When I saw him sparring with Wladimir when Wladimir was preparing for Tyson Fury, I said ‘who is that guy? Who is he?’”Johnny Nelson said.

“I had no idea, but I know there was something special about him. He did one round with Wladimir, and Wladimir slung him out and said, ‘get out, not while the press is here.’

“He was making it hard for Wladimir. He was like bossing Wladimir. ‘Get him out. Get somebody else in,” Nelson said.

For many pundits and fans alike, Bellew stands little to no chance going up against the 31-year-old who is yet to experience defeat or even discomfort in any one of his 15 fights.

According to bet365, Usyk is 1/7 to win the fight outright and can be backed at 10/11 to win by stoppage or 8/5 to win by decision.

Meanwhile, his Scouse opponent is as long as 9/2 to win outright, 6/1 to win by stoppage and a whopping 14/1 to win by decision.

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