teaOny Bellew was suspended in the eighth round by ludicrous, unbeaten world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, but Liverpudlian summoned the most classiest, most perfect performance of his career for a master boxer in Ukraine.
The challenger was tired after a brilliant start taking the first three rounds but Usyk used his powerful left hand to purred to the contest since and took possession of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO titles as well as the Ring Magazine belt.
Significantly, according to the scorecard, Bellew promoted two of the judges' cards manual Here was always to set the fight to a non-boxing match.
"You are a great player I have ever shared a ring with, you are a great champion, you win a fair and square," Bellew said later. Dignified at the end.
In a careful opening round, Bellew landed more punches to avoid a left-handed pitcher's trap, as two 200-pounders felt each other about size and range. The Ukrainians were immediately more active in the second, but they brought the fight with great liveliness. Usyk gave his left hand a great jab, but Bellew stabbed him with his rights. And he landed the left hook himself, raising the crowd to the rapture.