Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Alexander Barbel took off today in Manchester to fight with Tony Bellew

Alexander Barbel took off today in Manchester to fight with Tony Bellew

A close friend of pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, the Kiev native comes into the Bellew fight as the undisputed champion at 200lbs and he certainly packs a punch as some of his past opponents will no doubt testify.

Even though Joshua thinks so highly of Usyk, the unified heavyweight champion is picking Tony Bellew to win their upcoming showdown in Manchester. They've got nothing to offer me. No excuses from "The Haymaker", but it was obvious that years of injuries had caught up with him, and his legs never looked steady enough to take punches from a fighter that had grown into his Heavyweight frame.

"If I can fight for all four belts, I would like it".

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

You think to yourself, as hurtful as the strength and conditioning sessions are, as much as the sparring hurts, actually this is the last time I'm going to do it. Good look to Bellew we are rooting for you. You might lose the rounds, but you can try to exhaust him for the second half of the fight.

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I fought Audley Harrison who was an Olympic gold medallist, he was a southpaw, so I brought in Tony Thompson a very experienced heavyweight campaigner who had given Vladimir Klitschko and David Price nightmares.

The "Rickster" still harbors dreams of fighting for world titles again and a rematch with Manchester favorite Crolla is top of a list of fights he wants as he prepares to write new chapters in his fantastic journey.

"On reflection it's been a tough year but that's boxing, sometimes you don't get the breaks and it's a bit of a waiting game".

I don't think there will be an issue with Bellew coming down to the cruiserweight category after going up around a stone in weight against myself past year, he didn't bulk up and do a lot of bodybuilding. But Tony will be going into this fight with confidence, he riding high off his recent victories and he's going to feel invincible stepping into the ring.

"I love that about him, but I would like it if he wins".

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