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Usyk vs Bellew by the numbers

5 – The number of drug tests Bellew had undertaken by late October. Boxing for the WBC belt means random VADA testing for each competitor. “I’m struggling now tbh,” Bellew remarked on Twitter. “This is the 5th test this camp! #CleanSport”

73 – Usyk’s knockout percentage. Most recently he stopped Marco Huck in Germany and in 2016 South African Thabiso Mchunu was dismissed in round nine. Bellew, meanwhile, has a 61 per cent KO ratio. He enters off the back of two stoppages over David Haye.

11 – Years Bellew has been a pro. Turning over in 2007 off the back of a successful amateur career, Tony stopped journeyman Jamie Ambler in the second round on the undercard of Amir Khan’s Commonwealth title win over Scott Lawton. Usyk turned over in 2013.

7 – This will be Usyk’s seventh fight in a row on the road. After having his passport stamped in Poland in 2016, the Ukrainian visited America (twice), Germany, Latvia, and, most recently, Russia. All while winning and defending world titles, mopping up the World Boxing Super Series, and now defending every cruiserweight belt against Bellew.

216 – The total rounds Bellew has boxed. Spanning light-heavyweight, heavyweight and a couple of stints at cruiserweight, Bellew is expected to compete for the final time before hanging up the gloves and concentrating on a media career. Usyk has engaged in 117 rounds.

19.95 – The cost of the pay-per-view on Sky Sports Box Office. Republic of Ireland customers will pay €24.95 for the privilege, with two set replay times on the Sunday morning (9 am) and afternoon (4 pm) scheduled.

21,000 – The capacity of the MEN Arena, where Bellew, from nearby Liverpool, and Usyk, from Kiev, will battle it out for cruiserweight supremacy. Recent big boxing events to take place at the arena includes George Groves’ win over Chris Eubank Jr in February, Hughie Fury’s unsuccessful world title attempt against Joseph Parker last year, and Anthony Crolla’s 2017 win over Ricky Burns. Belfast’s Carl Frampton, who boxed Scott Quigg in the MEN in 2016, will return on December 22 to challenge Josh Warrington for the Leeds man’s IBF featherweight crown.

Steve Wellings
Honorary graduate of the Prison Canteen. Covering boxing since 2005 ~ Wolves fan ~ wannabe boxing raconteur.

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