Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew Betting Tips & Predictions – Saturday 10th November 2018

Tony Bellew returns to the cruiserweight division for one final time this weekend, as he clashes with Oleksandr Usyk. The pair clash at the Manchester Arena, with the chance to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion on the line. Will Bellew claim a huge win ahead of his retirement, or will he go out on a defeat at a weight where he has never lost before?

The bookies have made a clear choice here, as Usyk comes in as the heavy favourite. The Ukrainian fighter, ranked one of the very best pound for pound boxers in the world, can be backed at odds of just 1/7. Meanwhile, Bellew is 9/2 to claim a victory in his final fight, which would send him out on a high. He’s clearly being fancied for a disappointing finish but he revels in the role of the underdog so won’t mind that too much.

Top Tips

Over 9.5 Rounds @ 10/11

Usyk by Decision @ 8/5

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Fight Info

After a couple of fights in the O2 Arena, Bellew is heading north for his final fight. He’s recently had bouts at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and at Goodison Park, home of his beloved Everton, but he’s set for a first return to Manchester in over 10 years. There’s plenty on the line in terms of belts, and there’s expected to be huge interest as Bellew steps into the ring for the final time.

VenueDivision & TitleChannelTime
Manchester Arena WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and lineal cruiserweight titles Sky Sports Box Office 22:00

Oleksandr Usyk Recent Fights

The favourite comes into this fight with a perfect record behind him. He has 15 victories from 15 bouts, with 11 of those coming by knockout. However, his last two wins have come via the judges. His early career brought plenty of early wins, as he won his first nine outings as a professional by KO.

Things have been slightly closer in recent fights for Usyk, and that’s come as the quality of opposition has stepped up. His last three fights have been part of the World Boxing Super Series, which the Ukrainian managed to win. His victory over Murat Gassiev in the final made him the stand-out fighter in this division. He won on points but in just about as convincing a fashion as you will ever see, the three judges combining to put him effectively 32 rounds up. His reputation shot up after that fight and now he’s putting that to the test against Bellew.

OpponentDateResultMethod of Victory
Murat Gassiev 21st July 2018 Win Unanimous Decision
Mairis Briedis 27th January 2018 Win Majority Decision
Marco Huck 9th September 2017 Win Technical Knockout

Tony Bellew Recent Fights

Bellew last fought at cruiserweight level when he retained the WBC title back in 2016. With over two years since his last bout at this level, will Bellew have an uncomfortable return? He’s had a great time of things since that fight, as he went up in weight to clash with David Haye.

The Bomber won two money-spinning bouts with Haye, which boosted his profile in the sport. However, he spent a lot of time preparing for those two fights, going through various other possibilities before his return to his former weight this week. That makes a clash with Usyk a huge challenge for Bellew, and that can be seen in the pre-bout odds.

OpponentDateResultMethod of Victory
David Haye 5th May 2018 Win Technical Knockout
David Haye 4th March 2017 Win Technical Knockout
BJ Flores 15th October 2016 Win Knockout

Fight News

Usyk has been in the headlines in the build up to this fight. However, many of those headlines have been about how he tries to avoid headlines. The Ukrainian isn’t your standard fame-hungry boxer, he’s more of a devotee to the sport.

Despite his four world titles, he wants to shy away from the fame which comes with boxing. His dedication to preparation is something which could make the difference, especially when he fights someone who has been out of contention at cruiserweight level for so long.

Bellew has been confirmed as the emeritus champion by the WBC ahead of this bout. He’s a former WBC cruiserweight champion, a belt which he held up until he went to fight Haye. That move to heavyweight saw the belt open up, and it was picked up by Usyk. Bellew could yet finish as the champion, but the WBC have still taken steps to ensure that he’s remembered by them, even if he doesn’t retire as the champ.

Analysis: Bellew Set for Defeated Finish

The bookies have made their prediction clear here, and it’s easy to see why. This is a fight between the future of the division and a man who is on his way out. The Bomber has had his time at the top of this sport, and at 35-years-old he’s going up against someone who is set to dominate. So far, Usyk hasn’t been stopped by anyone, and it’s hard to see how Bellew is going to be the first to put a dent in the Ukrainian’s excellent record.

Over 9.5 Total Rounds

We mentioned earlier that we’ve seen Usyk have longer fights as his career progressed. He comes into this bout with a recent trend of fights going all the way, and we can see something similar here. It will certainly be a battle between these two, and the favourite has to be wary of the experience, grit and determination of his opponent. We see Bellew trying to drag this one out, and Usyk’s patience should give him a boost. With that in mind, over 9.5 rounds at 10/11 is our first tip.

Usyk to win via Decision

We see Usyk living up to the pre-bout odds here, with Bellew set for a disappointing finale. The Ukrainian has won three of his last four fights through decision, so chunky odds of 8/5 on him doing the same again is great value in our eyes against a man who never knows when he’s beat.

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