The Bomber was floored in the eighth round of his world title fight by a spectacular shot and called the Ukrainian the best he’s ever fought
A dazed Tony Bellew confirmed this is the end of the road for him in the boxing ring after his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
The ‘Bomber’ finished his career with a loss in his world cruiserweight title fight against the outstanding Ukranian.
“I have been doing this for 20 years and it is over,” said Bellew after he was knocked out in the eighth round.
“I tried my best and gave it everything. Usyk is a great, great champion. He beat me fair and square, I have no excuses.
“Oleksandr is the greatest man I have ever shared a ring with. Only the very best and very greatest will find a way to beat him.”
Everton fan Bellew entered the arena to the sound of the Z-Cars theme as thousands of fans chanted and screamed his name.
It was a tremendous noise and Bellew’s name was still heard as Usyk walked out.
Even when he was wiped out they still cheered him.
“I tried to go for it, I don’t even know what he caught me with,” he said.
“He’s just better than me. He’s slick, strong and and exceptional fighter.
“Only the very best and very biggest will find a way to beat him,
Bellew is one of the most popular men in boxing and bows out with 30 wins from his 34 professional fights.
The former cruiserweight world champion will be missed, with many fans taking to Twitter to pay tribute to the Scouse fighter for his fine career.
Source : TalkSport