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David Haye Exclusive: How to prepare against a fighter like Usyk

08 November 2018

Former champion Bellew faces the undisputed world cruiserweight king on Saturday hoping to upset the odds at the Manchester Arena, England. I'll get him. He will feel something that he's never felt.

"We all know he's got that as well, so that's what makes it so interesting".

I was the last guy Tony stepped in the ring with but Usyk is very different to myself, most notably because of his stance.

The heavyweight star admits Usyk should be the bookmakers' favourite but is refusing to rule out fans' favourite Bellew.

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Usyk has trained for years alongside Vasyl Lomachenko, the world lightweight and pound-for-pound No.1, but Bellew insists the cruiserweight king is not as good as his fellow Ukrainian.

Burns won his 50th fight as a professional in June, stopping Croat Ivan Njegac after four rounds and returns to the scene of his October 2017 points loss to Anthony Crolla determined to prove he has plenty left in the tank. You need to inundate and immerse yourself by sparring this way and I think that's what Tony Bellew has done.

Froch said: Whatever is happening early on, if you're getting out-jabbed, if you can not get to him, don't forget it's a 12-round fight.

Have you worked on changing your image in recent years?

With Haye, I just wound him up a bit and he dug himself a hole before our first fight, although he didn't speak much before the rematch.

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Usyk has looked off colour in some of his previous wins, but given the stage this fight has been given and the big fights around the corner under the Matchroom Boxing banner, Usyk is not going to take this one lightly at all.

Even if you're in the last round, look at me against Jermain Taylor, behind on all the scorecards, I stopped him with 14 seconds to go.

I love boxing - it's given me the best life ever - but I don't want to train fighters, I'd demand so much of them.

Hopefully, by rounds 7-12 you'd be putting the pressure and heat on him, if you get caught with a shot early, you're not going to leave yourself open to it again.

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David Haye Exclusive: How to prepare against a fighter like Usyk