Judges brought Tony Bellew ahead on points before the murder of Oleksandr Usyk put an end to his dream about the world title … but how did Jeff Powell from Sportsmail see?
- Oleksandr Usyk eliminated Tony Bellew to put an end to his hope for the world title
- After a slow start in Manchester, Usyk, the killer landed in the eighth round
- However, Bellew was at the forefront of the scorecards of two judges and at the level of the other
- Jeff Powell of Sportsmail disagreed and scored 68-65 in favor of the Ukrainian
Patrick Boyland for mailonline
Tony Bellew's attempt to become world cruiserweight champion was thwarted after defeating an eighth-round knockout against Oleksandr Usyk.
Troubled by a loud home crowd, Bellew started out as a train before eventually falling against his Ukrainian opponent.
Usyk, on the other hand, grew quickly in confidence after the shaky start, landing of the killer in the eighth to end the game.
Oleksandr Usyk eliminated Tony Bellew to put an end to the hope of the Brit's world title
After a slow start, cruiserweight champion Usyk landed the killer thrust in the eighth round
That was the extent of his early boxing, although Bellew was in fact ahead of the scorecards of two judges – respectively with three rounds and one round – while the third had a level.
Sportsmail & # 39; s Jeff Powell did not see it that way, scored the 68-65 against Usyk after seven rounds.
From the last round he wrote: Bellew was forced to play the role of counter-puncher and the end was close. Usyk finally revealed the brilliance that places him in the top five pund-for-pounder in the world.
& # 39; A wave of rights was followed by stumbling links. While Bellew falls back, the Ukrainian went for the finish. A massive left dropped the British challenger flat on his back.
& # 39; Without the hope that he would stand up completely, the referee waved him away before he closed the ten counts. & # 39;
Bellew (left), however, led the way on scorecards of two judges and on the level of the other
Jeff Powell of Sportsmail did not agree and scored it with 68-65 in favor of the Ukrainian Usyk (right)
After the fight, a tearful Bellew described his opponent as & # 39; exceptional & # 39; and & # 39; great champion & # 39 ;, and he also accepted that he did not really match him.
Backed by the striking win, WBC, IBF, WBA & WBO cruiserweight champion Usyk can now try a tilt at the heavyweight division.
Bellew's fellow Briton Anthony Joshua has been mentioned as a potential opponent for the Ukrainian if he chooses to take the step up.