Eddie Hearn: Tony Bellew One Of Best Men You'll Ever Meet

Before Usyk's Olympic gold he suffered defeats as an amateur

Before Usyk's Olympic gold he suffered defeats as an amateur

His promotion team K2 have already agreed to collaborate with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing in order to broaden his horizons.

Ricky Hatton tweeted: 'What a champion, top fighter and an all round credit to British Boxing Tony Bellew is.

After beating Tony Bellew on Saturday night, the 31-year-old made it clear that he meant to move up to heavyweight and challenge the best in the world.

Wilder, too, had great difficulty when Luis Ortiz used his boxing skills in their March fight. He has given everything to this sport. You did us proud son'.

"I had a great plan, I tried my best, but it wasn't good enough".

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"He gave everything to the crowd". Bellew failed on the biggest stage at light-heavyweight but proved a different animal at cruiserweight and in his two fights in the blue riband heavyweight division. Joshua now has the IBF, WBA and WBO titles to his name and is keen to take down Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. 'I fought the very, very best.

The 35-year-old, who stated before the fight that he would retire whatever the outcome, made a fast start and was ahead on two of the judges' scorecards - by three rounds and one round - with the third marking it as all square. Bellew was knocked out in round eight and, despite admitting he was heartbroken after the fight, he spoke with pride as well as great admiration for the man who had floored him. He's brilliant, I have no bad words to say about Oleksandr, I only wish him well. I like a bit of back and forth but ultimately I admire him. I was at the side of the ring trying to take the gum shield out -- then to see him get to his feet and tell the ref he was fine to go on.

"I just want to be a normal person, I've never wanted anything more than to be just a normal man".

When it comes to being one of the biggest and best names in the sport of boxing, there are some people who believe that having a good amateur background is the ideal foundation for making it big as a professional.

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