Alexander Barbel took off today in Manchester to fight with Tony Bellew

Anthony Joshua says Oleksandr Usyk should be the favourite against Tony Bellew

Tony Bellew will attempt to pull off the most audacious victory of his career when he challenges Oleksandr Usyk for all the world cruiserweight titles, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Fighting on the road will not faze a man who has already dethroned three world champions in their backyards - Krzysztof Glowacki in Poland, Briedis in Latvia and Gassiev in Russian Federation. He does everything well and he is a good technical boxer, too, and plus he is a southpaw.

In terms of being able to absorb people's onslaughts, Usyk has a very canny way of just getting out of range and coming back with his own counter-punch.

"We all know he's got that as well, so that's what makes it so interesting".

The sensible pick would be to take Usyk via late stoppage, having bamboozled Bellew for much of the fight, causing visible damage that would ultimately force a compassionate stoppage around the 9.

I rate Bellew highly, I rate all British boxers highly and they're all stepping up to the plate. A close friend of pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko, the Kiev native comes into the Bellew fight as the undisputed champion at 200lbs and he certainly packs a punch as some of his past opponents will no doubt testify.

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Joshua will be rooting for his compatriot Bellew on Saturday night, when the Englishman fights for the undisputed cruiserweight world title at the Manchester Arena.

I swear, I hope that the fight will not end in the opening rounds.

"But, the thing with boxing, from like middleweight up, it takes one punch". He finds your weaknesses and exploits them.

However, Ukrainian Usyk, who now boasts a 15-0 professional record, has admitted he would consider stepping up a division to challenge Joshua, if he can brush aside Bellew. The inaugural victor of the World Boxing Super Series arrives in Manchester on Saturday as the holder of every belt at 200lbs, and although Coldwell is full of respect for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, hours studying the man have alerted him to issues that he believes his fighter must exploit. You need to inundate and immerse yourself by sparring this way and I think that's what Tony Bellew has done.

"He's nice on the eye and if you let him get into a rhythm then you're in for a very hard fight".

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