Oleksandr Usyk vs Tony Bellew
Undisputed cruiserweight world champion, Oleksandr Usyk, travels to the UK to defend his belts against former IBF champion, Liverpuldian, Tony Bellew. Usyk comes off a masterful landslide UD win over Ruzsia's Murat Gassiev, Bellew comes off two victories over two-weight champion, David Haye. Usyk is a massive favourite, it seems to many like it is mission impossible for Bellew.
Bellew starts brilliantly, seems to outbox the champion for 2 rounds, to people's amazement. Bellew continues to use his skill and experience in rounds 3-6, but Usyk is able to settle down more, our work Bellew at times, and land a few stand out counter punches. Having boxed a great 6 rounds, Bellew seems tired after 6 rounds, and Usyk seems the fresher, and more controlled of the two. In round 7, Usyk is more aggressive, has less trouble landing clean, and Bellew seems to be really fading. Usyk sets Bellew up with a lead right in round 8, as he has Bellew on the ropes, stationary, and he lands a brutal fight finisher, a great left hand which knocks Bellew out cold.
Bellew is devastated, but with more fans than he had before the fight, and his sportsmanship is great, gives Usyk a lot of credit.
Usyk defends his titles, and in his post fight interview, he confirms he plans to move up to heavyweight in 2019.
Scorecards at the time of the stoppage,
The fight was close after 7 rounds, some has Bellew a long way ahead, some had Usyk a long way ahead, there were a lot of divided opinions, but it was Bellew who was ahead on the official scorecards.