"Oleksandr Usyk is an exceptional champion", Bellew said. England's Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KOs) weighed in at 199 LBS and Ukraine's Usyk officially weighed 198¼ LBS.
There is nothing left for Usyk at cruiserweight.
"I thought he won the first three rounds", Hearn said.
Unfortunately for Usyk, bookmakers still see Joshua as the favorite, likely due to his power and size advantage. He fell for my traps a few times.
What else is there for the Ukrainian to achieve at cruiserweight after six title defences?
The Liverpudlian was tempted to delay his retirement plans after being called out by Usyk immediately after the Ukrainian had won the World Boxing Super Series. "Even winning (against Usyk) wouldn't have touched the sides".
Usyk signed a co-promotional contract with Matchroom Sport when he agreed to fight Bellew, and there are other exciting fights before Joshua, such as the victor of the fight between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.
It is a mouth-watering prospect, and a reality for later in 2019 or beyond.
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McVey is a member of The Vamps, who have had success with songs such as Can We Dance and Last Night. Talking about how she would fare in the jungle , she said: "I do respond well to structure".
Alexander Krassyuk of K2 Promotions, which co-promotes Usyk with Matchroom: "He definitely needs to fight Anthony Joshua".
As for Whyte, he takes on Dereck Chisora in a highly anticipated rematch on December 22nd in London.
"If it was about money I could have fought a much lesser fighter and earned much more".
Bellew can be proud of his effort, and of his career. Don't boo him, ' demanded Bellew.
Bellew is stepping back down from the heavyweight division for what could be his final fight in the hope of fulfilling his dream of becoming world champion - Usyk holds the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF titles.
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But perhaps the most significant wins were the two stoppage triumphs over former WBC world heavyweight champion Haye.
Bellew was knocked out in the eighth round after a bright start ended in heartbreak for the Merseyside man.