Tony Bellew believes Oleksandr Usyk ‘school’ Daniel Dubois should the pair meet in a heavyweight title fight.
And that’s just what could happen now that the Ukrainian is officially out of talks with Tyson Fury to stage an undisputed fight.
Dubois is currently the WBA Regular Champion, meaning he’s first in line for a shot at the Super champ and that mandatory has now been made official by the sanctioning body.
Bellew, who was knocked out by Usyk in the last fight of his career, told IFL TV that his former opponent wins easily, drawing on the example of Dubois’ last outing against Kevin Lerena.
“He schools Dubois.
Of course [you] take that opportunity – it’s three belts. But the kid is still learning the game. He’s raw and he’s wet behind the ears. What was that guy’s name that he fought last time? Dubois was really hurt and he was down. Kevin Lerena.
I watched that. If Kevin Lerena would’ve just shown a bit of arse, he’d had got rid of him. He really would have. There’s no question in that.
Oleksandr Usyk isn’t this big devastating puncher, but I’ll tell you something mate he will pop you and make you think twice. He’s extremely accurate, he’s got the best feet you will ever see, and his angles and distribution is just unbelievable.”
Lerena, like Usyk, is a former cruiserweight. Unlike him, though, he wasn’t undisputed champion in that division.
Dubois was down three times in the first round against the South African, but weathered the storm to win in the third by stoppage.
Regardless of the chance pundits and fans give him going into the fight, Dubois is expected to grab the opportunity with both hands.