Tony Bellew can’t wait until his fight with Oleksandr Usyk is over – so that he can devour a bar of chocolate.
Bellew will bow out of the sport after taking on the unified cruiserweight world champion on Saturday night.
And he has revealed the sacrifices he has made as he returns to the 200lb division after a stint at heavyweight.
"It’s been so long this camp. Its been so hard. I have not had a piece of bread for three months," he told Sky Sports.
"I haven’t had a fizzy drink for three months. I want a bar of chocolate really, really bad and I can’t have one until Sunday."
Usyk, who won the first World Boxing Super Series tournament, will defend his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO titles in Manchester.
Bellew will also walk to the ring as a champion having never lost his WBC belt in the ring.
The Everton fan stopped Ilunga Makubu two years ago to become world champion and made one defence against BJ Flores before his double-header against David Haye.
And the WBC confirmed he remains their ’emeritus champion.
"Tony Bellew is the WBC emeritus champion," president Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports . "We cannot forget the relationship between Bellew and the WBC.
"When he lost as mandatory contender against [Adonis] Stevenson, he went down in perception. He went to cruiserweight and the WBC allowed him to fight for the vacant championship.
"He was dropped in the first round, and came back as a warrior and knocked out Makabu to become the world champion.
"He then asked the WBC for permission to make a life-changing fight, which was David Haye. He made the money that he had always dreamed, and he knocked out Haye not once, but twice, representing the WBC.
"Now he will fight Usyk as emeritus champion against the unified champion, so we’re very much in favour of this fight, and we will do as much as possible to enhance the unification of titles."
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