Former world heavyweight champion Tony Bellew praised Alexander Usik, whom he lost early in 2018.
“I didn’t even have to fight this last fight. I shouldn’t have faced him, but I wanted it. I had the last fight only because I wanted to be great, I tried to defeat the greatest cruiser of all time. However, I failed.
Several months before the fight, I knew that he would be my last. I promised my family that I would stop there. It was just that it was time to become great: all belts and the title of the absolute world champion in cruiserweight were at stake. And it could all be mine. I couldn’t climb even higher. I could get away at the top.
I was in great shape, I felt fantastic. But that evening I was simply defeated by a stronger opponent. Alexander Usyk is the best fighter I’ve met in the boxing ring. He is the best fighter of my era. This is boxing, you don’t always get all the glory. I didn’t get past the last hurdle, but there’s no shame in that, ”Tony Bellew told The Independent.