Tony Bellew defiant as he prepares for final bow against Oleksandr Usyk

The Liverpudlian is hoping to go out on a high against the feared 15-0 Ukrainian at the Manchester Arena

Tony Bellew reaches for a farewell victory on Saturday night, against the feared Oleksandr Usyk, that only his close associates give him a realistic chance of winning. It is the way the emotional Liverpudlian would want it, belligerently defiant all the way to the last bell, whenever it is rung, at 35.

If “Bomber” conjures up a 34th win to round out a career that began 11 years ago on a Nottingham Saturday night on which Amir Khan and Kell Brook shared a dressing room but few pleasantries, he will surely leave to thundering applause from all around the Manchester Arena. If he loses, he will do so in a doomed blur of leather.

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