The Ukrainian assassin who brings all cruiserweight titles of the world to Manchester on Saturday morning has taken a chilling decision against Tony Bellew.
Oleksandr Usyk, when asked what he had seen stare-down in the eyes of his challenger Liverpool in the ritual pre-fight, said: "I did not look into his eyes. I looked at the place between them. & # 39;
Why was that? & # 39; I am a sniper, & # 39; he replied. & # 39; That point is the target of my bullet. Afraid. & # 39; No wonder Bellew him & # 39; the monster & # 39; calls.
Oleksandr Usyk (left) said that on Thursday he looked at the spot between Tony Bellew's eyes
The undefeated Ukrainian has prepared for the fight with a spartan training camp
Usyk, one of the top five pound-for-pound boxers on the planet after only 15 professional fights, has prepared in slot-like conditions for the Bellew war is threatening.
He has come out of the icy cold of a remote mountain training camp outside of Kiev, so spartan that he slept on a straw bed and says: "I had all the comfort I need. Gym with equipment, boxing gloves, bags to hit, pads to hit, men to hit. & # 39;
Although he will carry in the ring all WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring magazine bullets for the first fight for an undisputed world title in a British ring, he says: & # 39; The Olympics are still my greatest achievement … have a lot of belts, but there is only one Olympic gold. & # 39;
The champion puts his belt on the line on Saturday against the Bomber & # 39;
That is in the Eastern European ethos of learning ring-craft in the amateurs, where he was also a leading world champion.
Bellew has surrendered his usual ticket sale of rubbish dump to Usyk as a brilliant, fantastic, amazing, spectacular boxer who I know is better educated than I am – even though I still believe that I will end my career by taking its place as the undisputed. & # 39;
Would that be a trick to make the champion complacent?
"Tony likes to talk, but now that I'm listening to him, I think I have it in his head," says the undefeated Usyk.
Usyk, sitting next to Bellew's supervisor Eddie Hearn, thinks he's in the head of his opponent
& # 39; He can not crawl into my head. Nobody except me comes in my head. & # 39;
Each says that the other is the most dangerous opponent they are dealing with, Bellew calls this & # 39; my last and ultimate test.
He adds: "Although I can not skip Usyk, I can place his lights in the blink of an eye at the height of a war."
What Usyk says: War? I will do what I always do. My boxing. & # 39;
Usyk v Bellew will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office this Saturday night.