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You’d be hard pressed to find anyone confident in anything other than an Oleksandr Usyk victory on Saturday the 10th of November.
Nicknamed, ‘The Cat’, The London 2012 gold medal winning Olympic Heavyweight boasts a mightily impressive CV and reputation. From a total of 15 fights, Usyk is undefeated having won 11 by knockout and the remainder on points.
The Ukrainian currently holds the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world titles and has made a name for himself by conquering the division so effortlessly.
A highly respected figure within the sport, Usyk was drafted in by Wladimir Klitschko to help him train for his then upcoming bout against Tyson Fury.
Speaking to Behind The Gloves, British Boxing legend Johnny Nelson recalled how much of an impression Usyk left on Klitschko and the watching press in their sparring match.
Nelson said, “I had no idea, but I know there was something special about him. He did one round with Wladimir, and Wladimir slung him out and said, ‘get out, not while the press is here.’
“He was making it hard for Wladimir. He was like bossing Wladimir. ‘Get him out. Get somebody else in.”
Most recently, Anthony Joshua has thrown his opinion into the ring and labelled Usyk the, ‘perfect boxer’. With such plaudits from around the world, it’s not hard to see why The Cat is the favourite to win in Manchester on November the 10th.
Despite lacking such a positive reputation and legendary tales being told about him, Bellew does boast a similarly impressive CV and is (more importantly) used to upsetting the odds.
From a total of 33 fights across three weight categories, Bomber has won 30, with 20 of those coming via knockout. Losing twice and drawing once, the remainder of Bellew’s victories have come from a points decision: he’s no pushover, that’s for sure.
With more professional boxing experience (216 rounds to Usyk’s 117), having the discipline to fight across 3 weight categories and the fact he has nothing to lose, Bellew can take full advantage of having the weight of expectations placed solely on his opponent.
Having claimed this will be his last fight no matter what the outcome, Bellew has gone on record stating he will be looking to enjoy every second of his swansong and this is where he can be dangerous.
As he and fellow Briton Anthony Joshua recently commented, in boxing everything can change with a single punch.
Here’s how the pair matchup:
|Oleksandr Usyk||Category||Tony Bellew|
|6 ft 3 in||Height||6 ft 3 in|
|78 in||Reach||74 in|
For new customers, BetVictor are offering 100/1 (max £1) for Bomber to cause what would have to go down as one as the greatest ever performances by a British boxer – such is the reputation and class of the southpaw Ukrainian.
With these odds in mind, we priced up the odds of boxing’s other most shocking victories to determine where a Bellew win would sit in the greatest upsets of all time.
Should Bellew unceremoniously dethrone Usyk like he’s been promising, he’d climb above James ‘Buster’ Douglas into first place as causing the biggest boxing upset of all time (based on implied probability).
The table below lists the top 10 biggest upsets in boxing’s recent history
|Tony Bellew vs Oleksandr* Usyk||‘Bellew’||100/1||101||1%|
|James ‘Buster’ Douglas vs Mike Tyson||Douglas||25/1||26||3.8%|
|Iran Barkley vs Thomas Hearns||Barkley||10/1||11||9.1%|
|Frankie Randall vs Julio Cesar Chavez||Randall||9/1||10||10%|
|Hasim Rahman vs Lennox Lewis||Rahman||8/1||9||11.1%|
|Corrie Sanders vs Wladimir Klitschko||Sanders||8/1||9||11.1%|
|Michael Bentt vs Tommy Morrison||Bentt||7/1||8||12.5%|
|Leon Spinks vs Muhammad Ali||Spinks||6/1||7||14.3%|
|Ricardo Mayorga vs Vernon Forrest||Mayorga||6/1||7||14.3%|
|Vince Phillips vs Kostya Tszyu||Phillips||5/1||6||16.7%|
We were recently informed about a ‘psychic’ Dachshund from Leeds who correctly called the Connor McGregor Floyd Mayweather outcome. Of course, anyone could have told you Mayweather was a dead cert, but to really test Puddin’s psychic credentials, we decided to visit his home in Leeds to find out who he is backing on the 10th of November.
The good news for Bellew is that despite the odds stacked against him, Puddin is very confident that he will be victorious against Usyk.
Watch the video below to see Puddin in action.