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Tony Bellew backs Oleksandr Usyk to beat Tyson Fury

Tony Bellew backs Oleksandr Usyk to beat Tyson Fury

Tony Bellew is tipping Oleksandr Usyk to beat Tyson Fury.

The former fighter was beaten by the Ukrainian in his last bout before retirement in 2018 and thinks that he has what it takes to defeat the Gypsy King and become the undisputed heavyweight world champion.

Bellew is convinced that the changes that Fury has made to his approach in recent fights will prove beneficial for Usyk.

The former cruiserweight world champion told talkSPORT: "Tyson Fury’s style has changed over these last few years, ever since he went under the tutelage of SugarHill of the Kronk.

"His style has completely changed, he’s no longer this big awkward fighter, who uses his elusiveness as an advantage. He is now someone who is an aggressive counter puncher, he looks to hurt fighters and get rid of them. That change of style will play into Oleksandr Usyk’s hands, it really will, and I’m tipping Oleksandr Usyk to win."

Usyk has accepted a 70-30 purse split in Fury's favour and Bellew is stunned that the champion has agreed to the demands of his rival's team.

Bellew said: "Oleksandr Usyk has sold himself well short. He’s bowed to every demand and I think it’s crazy that he’s done that, but it is what it is. He’s done it for the good of boxing and he’s done it for the bettering of his country and that’s the kind of man he is, I’ve faced him, I know all about him."

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