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Mikael Lawal compares Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk after sparring sessions

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-09-28 17:14:37

The highly anticipated fight between Tony Bellew and Oleksandr Usyk is now just weeks away and the excitement around the fight is now reaching its ultimate peak. 

However, a young up and coming fighter, Mikael Lawal, revealed who he thinks will come out on top as he is one of the few who has actually gone toe-to-toe with both of them.

Lawal is a 23-year-old cruiserweight who has won all of his first seven professional fights and will face Tamas Kozma in Saudi Arabia on Friday on the undercard of George Groves v Callum Smith.

Lawal's potential has seen him snapped up by various other more established cruiserweights to help them prepare for their fights, including Bellew and Usyk.

And he believes the Ukrainian might just prove too good for British fan favourite Bellew.

"I've sparred both guys and I'm not going to lie to you, when I sparred Usyk, there was definitely a lot of schooling," Lawal told iFL TV.  

"But at the same time I think because he was a southpaw it made a bit harder for me.

"It was hard, technically. He hasn't really got mad amounts of power but he keeps going and going. But Tony (Bellew) does have a lot of experience so I don't know how he's going to deal with that.

"From what I've seen and from what I have experienced, I would say Usyk does have a bit of the upper hand but at the same time I'm not just going to put Bellew down because obviously we have done that in the past a couple of times with Haye.

"I believe Bellew can do something and I would prefer Bellew to win."

There's no doubt Bellew has set himself an incredibly tough challenge by facing the talented Usyk.

The Ukranian has recently been crowned the undisputed welterweight champion of the world and is only the third ever boxer to achieve this, with the likes of Evander Hollyfield alongside him. 

In addition to this, although this will only be the Ukranian's 15th professional fight, Usyk will enter the Manchester Arena as an undefeated competitor and a wealth of experience at amateur level. 

On the other hand, Bellew's last fight came against David Haye mid-way through this year where the Liverpudlian once again defeated the former heavyweight champion of the world. 

Nonetheless, the fight is set to take place in the Manchester Arena on October 11th and will be Usyk's first fight on British soil. 

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