David Haye Exclusive: How to prepare against a fighter like Usyk

David Haye Exclusive: How to prepare against a fighter like Usyk

"He's nice on the eye and if you let him get into a rhythm then you're in for a very hard fight". Then, from an entertaining point of view, Usyk is like a flawless boxer, so I hope Bellew is working on his counter-punches as well, because that's the way to knock him out - let him tippy-tap and then explode.

Watch Usyk vs Bellew for the undisputed cruiserweight title, at Manchester Arena, on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm.

The 31-year-old is an ex-WBA champion and victory could earn a huge clash against current WBA title holder Vasyl Lomachenko. Usyk took the belts and the Muhammed Ali trophy without stepping out of 2 gear in Moscow.

Bellew (30-2-1, 19 KOs), 35, has returned to cruiserweight after a brief reign as WBC titleholder in 2016, after which he stepped up to heavyweight to twice stop English rival and former WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye. BJ Flores was not deserving of his title shot just 5 months later, and was disposed of in 3 rounds.

Bellew then sealed the rivalry when stopping Haye in 5 rounds in May. Tony has excelled in the underdog role on several occasions before this fight and it makes no difference to him whatsoever what people think his chances are.

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Now Bellew will cut down to his natural weight class, and should hope to bring that power below the 200lb limit with him.

A quick look at his record though does tell us plenty, with a blemish free career to his name up to this point, and 11 of 15 successes coming by way of KO.

Besides a knockout blow being landed, we have heard very little - if anything - in terms of detailed explanations as to how Bellew is going to pull off the upset.

The one thing you need to know with Tony Bellew is he doesn't look great aesthetically, but somehow, he finds a way to win.

His trainer, Dave Coldwell, explained the way Bellew can win on Saturday night, whilst admitting he was emotional about the Evertonian training with him for the final time. One punch can change the course of a fight and, as I was saying, Bellew's got that in the locker. Usyk will use his excellent mobility when needed, while his output will once again raise eyebrows.

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