The Scouser was stopped by ‘an amazing fighter’ in round eight on Saturday night and retired shortly afterwards, but doesn’t actually remember hitting the floor
Tony Bellew acknowledges he was beaten by the better man after re-watching his knockout loss to undefeated Ukrainian, Oleksandr Usyk.
The now-retired 35-year-old was stopped in the eighth round of an enthralling fight against the undisputed cruiserweight champion in Manchester and spoke to talkSPORT for the first time since reviewing the finish that left him dazed and on the floor.
When asked how he’s recovering, two days on from the defeat, Bellew told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I’m not the best, but what do you do?
“You just get on with things. I’ve done the school run so I’m happy. I’m healthy, that’s the most important thing.
“I’m down but not out. I’ve lost to the very, very best there is in my division. I have no regrets.”
When asked for his reflections on the bout, the Scouser admitted he tired as the rounds progressed.
However, he refused to make excuses and heaped praise on his elite opponent.
“I felt tired, but I definitely felt I was ahead because I was just doing things to him that nobody had done to him before and made him miss. I countered him well, but I just tired.
“I lost to an amazing fighter, I lost to the better man on the night, I couldn’t beat Oleksandr Usyk, that’s the top and bottom of it.
“I didn’t remember much from the sixth round onwards, I remember catching him with a good right hook to the top of his head and his manager came in when we were doing the drug test at the end and said: ‘That’s the hardest he said he’s been hit in the pro game.’
“I just laughed and I said thank you very much. He asked me: ‘Does he punch hard?’
“To be honest he must punch hard because I don’t remember being on the floor.”
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Regarding the knockout, Bellew concluded: “I’ve seen it back now. I haven’t seen the whole fight but I’ve seen it back,
“I don’t remember hitting the floor, but I’m getting up to carry on fighting.
“That’s just me. You could hit me with a bat and I’d get up to carry on fighting.”