Tony Bellew can punch hole in Oleksandr Usyks unbeatable aura, says Josh Kelly
Josh Kelly is backing Tony Bellew to expose Oleksandr Usyk when the cruiserweights clash in Manchester on Saturday night.
Bellew once again attempts the seemingly impossible when he takes on undisputed crusiwerweight king Usyk in a battle for the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring, and lineal titles.
In the last fight of his career, Bellew is a massive underdog against the unbeaten Usyk, and has already been written off by most boxing fans before the first bell.
But Kelly, a rising boxing star himself, believes Bellew has the tools to unlock Usyk.
Usyks got a good boxing style and a great fighter, but obviously my heart lies with Bellew, Kelly told Metro.co.uk.
Being from over here, I want Bellew to do the business and I always will. Thats my opinion.
But style wise, if they were two fighters I didnt know, Id personally prefer Usyks style. But as a fan and a person, I want Bellew to win. I think he can find a hole in him and expose him.
Usyk is announcing himself to the British boxing public in his first fight on British soil. At 15-0, Usyk has his sights set on moving up to heavyweight and signed a promotional deal with Matchroom with that aim in mind.
Three-belt heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua sits top of Usyks hitlist. On the undercard, Kelly will be hoping to increase his own growing profile with victory over Walter Fabian Castillo.
The Argentina is 13-2 and a decent 10-round test for Kelly, as he aims to step up another level. Pretty Boy Kelly already has a legion of fans thanks to his exciting style, and the 24-year-old explained fighters like Usyk inspire him to follow his instincts.
Theres guys out there I can take inspiration from, Kelly said. Guys in the past too who are massive inspirations to me like Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran.
A lot of these guys did their own thing. You dont have to fit in, you dont have to be the guy who ticks every box.
You can be yourself in the ring and as long as its working, then keep doing it. Keep executing it and becoming better.
In football you dont have to play a certain way. Brazilians play a different way to the English, the English play a different way to the Spanish – its one of them things.
You get results either way. I feel this style at the moment is suiting me well.
Ive got other styles that Im more than capable of taking on board, but at the moment Im happy the way Im boxing now.