Bellew my 'best opponent ever' - Usyk
Oleksandr Usyk has admitted to being wary of a "really dangerous" Tony Bellew ahead of their world title showdown on Saturday.
The 31-year-old Ukrainian and Olympic champion is aiming to maintain his title of being the undisputed cruiserweight champion when he puts all four of the divisional belts on the line against the former WBC world champion Bellew at the Manchester Arena.
Bellew has always accepted that he will face his most difficult assignment when he steps into the ring, given that Usyk cleaned up the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO straps in just 15 professional fights, 11 of which he won via a stoppage.
The 35-year-old Liverpudlian echoed those claims in Thursday afternoon's press conference, but insisted that he has a "puncher's chance" to upset the odds and claim the cruiserweight belts in his final fight before retirement.
But, when Usyk was asked if he felt Bellew will offer him the hardest fight of his career, he said: "Definitely yes. Tony is my best opponent ever.
"He is really dangerous. He is the same height, same weight. Look at his eyes - they are angry."
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