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Bellew: I do not fear Oleksandr Usyk

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Tony Bellew says he’s aware of what he’s walking into against Oleksandr Usyk and that he will bring the best version of himself into the ring.

Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew Media Workout Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

As Tony Bellew puts the finishing touches on his training camp ahead of his fight with undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk this Saturday, the Liverpool man tells ESPN that he won’t be in awe of Usyk once the opening bell rings.

“Believe me, I’m not in awe of this man, I do not fear this man and I will not stand there and let him rattle five and six punch combinations off my head,” Bellew told ESPN.

”That cannot happen. This fella will feel what I’ve got. At no moment will I feel I’m beaten -- no chance.”

Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) goes on to mention that he still feels the only fighter who has legitimately beat him was Adonis Stevenson back in 2013, but that he’s still anticipating Usyk to be the most formidable challenge of his career. That said, Bellew still firmly believes that he’ll manage to find a way to win.

Meanwhile, Usyk’s stock is currently at an all-time high after ripping through the World Boxing Super Series tournament this past year and unifying all cruiserweight belts for the first time. Both he and Bellew will be coming to fight — that’s for sure — and we should see us some fireworks this weekend in Manchester.