Tony Bellew pledges to ‘break the heart’ of Oleksandr Usyk in cruiserweight showdown as both men show off skills in open workouts
- Tony Bellew takes on Oleksandr Usyk for four cruiserweight belts on Saturday
- He labelled his opponent as ‘exceptional’ but vowed to beat undefeated fighter
- Bellew and Usyk performed an open workout and looked sharp ahead of clash
Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk gave fans an early glimpse of their skills during open workouts ahead of their cruiserweight showdown.
Both the ‘Bomber’ and his undefeated Ukrainian opponent took to the ring at the National Football Museum in Manchester.
If Bellew looked razor sharp in the ring, he was even more pointed on the mic, pledging to break Usyk’s heart.
Tony Bellew worked out and showed off his skills on the pads ahead of Saturday’s fight
The ‘Bomber’ looked full of determination as he put on a show for the assembled cameras
Oleksandr Usyk demonstrated his hand-eye coordination with a tennis ball drill
He told Sky Sports: ‘I’m looking forward to Saturday, he (Usyk) is an exceptional champion and I’m so happy we’ve made the fight, this will be one of the best and most brutal fights you’ve ever seen.
‘I’ll punch him in the face. There’ll be blood and pain and them four belts are coming home with me.
‘I genuinely believe I will break his heart and find a way to get past him.
‘Usyk is exceptional, brilliant and an elite fighter, he’s done something no-one has ever done before and won everything possible from the amateurs to the pros.’
Bellew pledged to break Usyk’s heart although he did claim his opponent is high quality
The man from Merseyside stretched off before working on the pads at the museum
Usyk also showed off his skills as he honed his hand-eye coordination.
The 31-year-old punched a tennis ball connected to some elastic fixed to his cap and seemed to relish exhibiting his punch variety.
The southpaw boasts 11 KOs from his 15 fights and comes in as favourite against Bellew, who is accustomed to the underdog tag.
‘In every single defining fight I’ve been in, I’ve always been the underdog, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t feel any pressure,’ he concluded.
The 35-year-old Scouser comes in as underdog but is backing himself to overcome Usyk
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