Tony Bellew sheds tears in the corner after final fight

Rex Christensen
November 11, 2018

In Usyk, Bellew is up against one of the leading pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, a boxer who won the Olympic heavyweight title in London in 2012, every amateur title available, and is unbeaten in 15 contests as a professional.

Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk remained undisputed world cruiserweight champion on Saturday with an eighth round stoppage of British underdog Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena.

Once Bellew had regained his composure, he took to the mic to pay tribute to his rival before embracing Usyk.

"I tried my best". Usyk is a great, great champion, ' Bellew said. He beat me fair and square, I've no excuses.

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'Only the very best and very greatest will find a way to beat him'.

Usyk, the first man to hold the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC belts simultaneously, has made no secret of the fact he wants to move up to heavyweight and challenge Britain's reigning champion Anthony Joshua.

"You come up against some great people and you lose to some people, you've just got to accept it". "I'll always struggle with that until the day I die, I think". He was starting to fade a little.

'I was down on the scorecards so I had to pull it out of the bag, ' said Riakpohre, who is mentored by Dillian Whyte. He can leave the sport knowing that he fought the very best'.

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