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David Haye backs Tony Bellew to exploit Oleksandr Usyks weaknesses

Bellew is the underdog against Usyk (Picture: Getty)
David Haye believes if any fighter can expose O..

By admin , in Sprots , at November 5, 2018

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Bellew is the underdog against Usyk (Picture: Getty)

David Haye believes if any fighter can expose Oleksandr Usyk in the ring, it is his old rival Tony Bellew.

The Hayemaker lost back-to-back encounters with Bellew at heavyweight, and the Bomber now steps up again in class to take on four-belt cruiserweight king, Usyk.

Bellew is a heavy underdog for the fight, as he was in his two fights with Haye, but is promising once again to shock the world.

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Haye thinks Bellew has the tools to exploit Usyks weaknesses, and dished out some advice to his former opponent.

If it was me going into the ring against Usyk, a tricky southpaw, I would not press the fight that much, Id look for the movement, Haye told Betfair.

I would shoot to his body as Ive seen him hurt a few years ago with this strategy. A body assault could be very useful in the early rounds.

TOPSHOT - British boxer Tony Bellew (L) delivers a straight left against countryman David Haye (R) during their heavyweight rematch at the O2 Arena in London on May 5, 2018. Bellew appeared to have all but ended David Haye's career with a fifth-round stoppage win over his rival British heavyweight in their grudge re-match in London. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASDANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
Haye lost twice to Bellew (Picture: AFP)

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

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Make him try and counter, and then counter that.

He added: The one thing you need to know with Tony Bellew is he doesnt look great aesthetically, but somehow, he finds a way to win.

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Boxing - Oleksandr Usyk & Tony Bellew Press Conference - Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Manchester, Britain - September 24, 2018 Oleksandr Usyk and Tony Bellew go head to head Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
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He finds your weaknesses and exploits them. So as unbeatable as Usyk looks physically, if anyone is going to beat him its going to be Bellew.

Usyk makes his debut on English soil in Manchester this weekend, with the Ukrainian keeping one eye on Anthony Joshua.

AJ has already admitted he wants to fight Usyk, and his potential future opponent plans to move up to heavyweight after his encounter with Bellew.

Bellew can become the first British fighter in history to hold all four major world titles in a division should he upset the odds on Saturday night.

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