Joshua: Usyk is a ’perfect’ fighter

Retired American Andre Ward had been linked in the past to a fight against Bellew

Retired American Andre Ward had been linked in the past to a fight against Bellew

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

"This is a new chapter in [Bellew's] career", Usyk told Sky Sports.

Bellew will challenge Usyk, the division's undisputed champion, in Saturday's fight at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

The battle for the Ukrainian belt for the WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring, the judge in the ring, Terry o'connor from the UK.

Joshua, who now holds the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO belts, is looking for an opponent for next April at Wembley Stadium, with either Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte looking most likely to face the Brit.

"Usyk is less of a puncher than Lomachenko but comes with just as high a work rate so Usyk has to take some to give some to be exciting whereas Lomachenko has genuine power and he can stop fighters with that power".

Bellew 30-2-1 (20KO's) has certainly improved since finally evacuating his title hopes at Light Heavyweight, where he had contentiously lost to Nathan Cleverly - he avenged that loss at Cruiserweight - while being stopped by a dominant Adonis Stevenson in 2013.

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The mental toughness of Bellew was evident in his two upset wins over David Haye at heavyweight, and Froch has urged his friend, and former sparring partner to retain that belief as he pursues a sensational victory. BJ Flores was not deserving of his title shot just 5 months later, and was disposed of in 3 rounds.

"He then asked the WBC for permission to make a life-changing fight, which was David Haye".

Bellew then sealed the rivalry when stopping Haye in 5 rounds in May.

"But, the thing with boxing, from like middleweight up, it takes one punch".

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.

Bellew is a class act, but expect to see the very best and most devastating version of Oleksandr Usyk this Saturday night. Our man also reveals what it's like fighting a southpaw as an orthodox fighter.

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