Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

  • Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk arrives in United Kingdom to fight Tony Bellew

The Scottish duo meet on the undercard of Tony Bellew's highly-anticipated undisputed Cruiserweight clash with Oleksandr Usyk at Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and DAZN in the U.S., knowing the victor will be set for a big 2019 with major title fights on the cards. You might lose the rounds, but you can try to exhaust him for the second half of the fight.

Froch said: Whatever is happening early on, if you're getting out-jabbed, if you can not get to him, don't forget it's a 12-round fight.

For instance, the last southpaw Bellew fought was Ilunga Makabu and he got dropped, heavily.

"David Haye was a better fighter than me, but it's not about the better fighter because the better fighter does not always win".

Bellew goes into the fight on Saturday as a 4/1 underdog against the unbeaten champion.

You must rewire your defensive capabilities, with different angles, changing your defensive patterns, movements and counter-punching. That makes you train harder, because you think 'I'm not going to do this again, so let's have a good one'. He simply missed out the cutting phase, boiling down to the weight, he knows how to get the best out of himself in the cruiserweight division.

This is the fight that will write the biggest headlines on "The Bomber's" career.

Bellew knows that he will have to bring his best performance. I am feeling wonderful, healthy, and confident.

In spite of Bellew twice upsetting the odds when beating David Haye in back-to-back meetings, this is not the toughest test of the short career of Usyk. Just as the fight is billed - he who dares.

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.

I wouldn't have said that it is going to be more than the victory in the Super Series but this is going to be a new stage.

The semi-final was close, but the final was far from it. WBA and IBF title-holder Murat Gassiev was utterly outclassed in all 12 rounds earlier this year.