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Dillian Whyte addresses Oleksandr Usyk's plans to move up to heavyweight

Dillian Whyte addresses Oleksandr Usyk's plans to move up to heavyweight

He's an awesome fighter.' Bellew then called over his opponent, kissed him on the head and told him: 'I only wish you greatness.' The 35-year-old Liverpudlian added: 'He is the greatest man I have ever shared a ring with.

Usyk, though, called out Bellew immediately after triumphing in the World Boxing Super Series to unify the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles at 200lbs. Oleksandr Usyk is a great, great champion and I lost to one of the pound-for-pound bests that's every done it.

The fighter had been told by his wife, Rachael, with whom he has three sons, that he "will be divorced" if he ever steps into a ring again. "But ultimately he got me".

"Heavyweights stay away, he takes a great shot and I don't even know if I hurt him". I wish [him] greatness. I would fight him in a very uncomfortable zone for him.

Even Ian Wright offered his own warm praise: 'Like I said to my mates, as long as he gets out of that ring smiling, he's won. My career is over.

Bellew (30-3-1, 20KOs) waxed lyrical about a number of topics at his closing address to the media, thanking his family as well as promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Dave Coldwell for rejuvenating his career.

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The Briton, a former world cruiserweight champion who moved up to heavyweight and twice beat compatriot and former world champion David Haye, paid an emotional tribute to his southpaw rival.

"It's unbelievable. From where I've come from it's an impossible dream".

"I have won. I sit here as a loser, heartbroken, but I have won in life". He punches plenty hard enough to make the giants like Joshua, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and linear champion Tyson Fury respect him.

"I'm here now and I'm competing in a fight I never thought would be possible".

If Usyk wants to increase his bargaining position ahead of a Joshua meeting and further his reputation among fans in this country then a fight against Whyte is certainly appealing, assuming the Londoner beats Dereck Chisora in their rematch next month.


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