The Ukrainian will fight Bellew at the Manchester Arena on November 10 for the right to be called undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world
Oleksandr Usyk is eyeing up a heavyweight championship clash with Anthony Joshua, provided he takes care of Tony Bellew first.
The Ukrainian is the first man in boxing history to hold all four cruiserweight titles, but will put it all on the line against the Scouser.
After two fights with David Haye at heavyweight, Bellew will drop back down for one final fight on Novemeber 10 at the Manchester Arena.
However, the undefeated Olympic Gold medallist he will face is already looking forward to his next fight, which could be against heavyweight king Joshua.
According to The Sun, Usyk (who was ringside for Joshua’s dismantling of Alexander Povetkin on Saturday) specifically chose to work with Eddie Hearn to make the fight happen.
He said: “Wembley was crazy stuff. The songs, best fans ever. My hair was up all the way.
“The fight was thrilling for myself, I loved the way he finished it.
“One reason we have agreed to fight Bellew is to get to Joshua.
“It is exactly part of the strategy and why we have this co-operation with Eddie Hearn.
“He has Tony, he has Anthony, he has Dillian Whyte and a couple more heavyweights.
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“It’s the best way, the shortest — not the easiest — way to fight Anthony.”
As talkSPORT exclusively revealed in August, Usyk’s victory over Murat Gassiev was his fifth defence of his WBO belt, with the organisation making him a ‘super champion’.
Quit simply, he has the ability to automatically become the mandatory challenger in the weight division above or below, should he choose to move.