Tony Bellew casts doubt on decision to retire after Oleksandr Usyk fight

Tony Bellew appears reluctant to retire from the ring despite promising his wife he would hang up his gloves.

The Liverpudlian takes on the unified cruiserweight world champion Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night in the biggest fight of his career.

He had vowed to his wife, Rachael Roberts, that this would be his final hurrah – but now seems unsure.

When reminded of his promise, Bellew said: "I have mate, I have – but we will see.

"We will see, mate. This is the big one, it can’t get any bigger, it can’t get any higher. All the belts are on the line on Saturday night; one face, one name, one champion.

There’s a new king in town, and it’s gonna be Tony Bellew."

And when asked again if this is his swansong, he added: "It’s supposed to be, yeah. It is supposed to be, I think so… yeah it is.

"I’ve got to accept it at some stage…yeah it is."

Bellew returns to cruiserweight following back-to-back victories over David Haye at heavyweight.

He challenges Usyk following the Ukrainian’s victory in the World Boxing Super Series earlier this year.

Bellew added: "I have to beat him up on Saturday, or find a way to do the impossible.

"The only chance I have is a puncher’s chance – I cannot outbox this man. He is a formidable opponent. He has everything any boxer could possibly want and he is a horrible southpaw.

"But I’ve shown what I can do at heavyweight and, believe you me, I will show even more what I can do at cruiserweight. I am faster, sharper and possibly even stronger at cruiserweight.

"As good as he is, as great as he is, he is meeting someone with something inside him. I don’t know what I am going to do, when I am going to do it, but I just know I am going to punch him in the face really hard on Saturday."

Who wins this one?


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