Join us for this huge clash between Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew and the unbeaten unified Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, with official Team Bellew Hospitality.
Enjoy fantastic pre-fight hospitality at the Renaissance Hotel, with a 3-course dinner, comp bar, memorabilia auction and analysis from 2-time IBF champion James Degale, and Talksport’s Glen McCrory. With a choice of fantastic ticket options for the evening’s boxing, and further hospitality after the fight, this is a night not to be missed!
In what in what is being billed as a potential Fight of the Year, the fighting pride of Liverpool, Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew, takes on the biggest challenge of his incredible career against the unbeaten unified Cruiserweight World Champion, Oleksandr Usyk. The Ukranian is one of the most feared men in world boxing, having defeated his opponent in his 15 fights to date, quickly dominating the entire division. We are thrilled to be working with Team Bellew as their official hospitality provider for this huge clash at Manchester Arena.
Bellew vs Usyk: Tony Bellew will once again step into the ring as the underdog, a position he has defied on numerous occasions in his career, most recently in his two victorious fights with David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye. With only 2 defeats in his 33 fight career, and 30 victories, Tony has already cemented his legacy as one of Britain’s best fighters of recent years. Never one to shirk a challenge, this will be the biggest fight of The Bomber’s career, as he takes on the mighty Oleksandr Usyk, who many judges regard as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. The 31 year-old Ukranian has only had 15 professional fights, but has quickly become the first ever unified 4 belt Cruiserweight champion, with victories over the likes of Marco Huck, Mairis Breidis and most recently Murat Gassiev. Can Bellew use his big fight experience and extra power he has displayed in the Heavyweight division to shock the brilliant Ukranian? Usyk’s speed, incredible jab and all-round ring-craft will provide a stern challenge for the Briton. Bellew has stated that this is likely to be his last fight, can he retire as the undisputed Cruiserweight champion, a fitting finale to a fabulous career?
James Degale: We are thrilled to welcome two-time IBF Super-middleweight champion James as our pre-fight guest, who will be providing analysis of the big fight and discussing his own career and future prospects. Having famously won the Olympic Middleweight gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, James has enjoyed a great career to date, with 24 wins from 27 fights, and only two defeats. Highlights of his career so far include winning the IBF title against American Andre Dirrell in Massachusetts, and subsequent defences against some big names including Lucien Bute, Rogelio Medina and an incredibly hard-fought majority draw against teak tough Badou Jack. Degale’s only defeats came early in his career in a huge domestic clash against George Groves, and more recently against Caleb Truax, with James comfortably winning the rematch to reclaim the IBF belt. It will be fascinating to hear from ‘Chunky’ on the night.
Glenn McCrory: A former IBF Cruiserweight champion, Glenn progressed through the ranks by winning his first 13 pro fights. A poor run saw him lose 5 of his next 6 fights before he staged a remarkable turnaround, winning his next 13 fights. His defeat of Chisanda Mutti in 1987 landed him the Commonwealth Cruiserweight title, before beating Tee Jay in early 1988 to add the British title to his collection. Glenn’s rise to the top culminated in winning the IBF Cruiserweight world title with a convincing points victory over Patrick “Killer” Lumumba in 1989, which he defended successfully in his next fight. After a defeat to Jeff Lampkin, Glenn stepped up to Heavyweight to challenge a young up-and-coming heavyweight called Lennox Lewis, losing in the second round to the legend-to-be. He was a regular analyst on Sky Sports Boxing coverage for many years, and is now the principle boxing pundit on Talksport Radio.
The Manchester Renaissance Hotel: Our venue for both pre and post-fight hospitality is the 4* Manchester Renaissance Hotel, set across from the River Irwell and adjacent to the luxury department store Harvey Nichols. This modern, upscale hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from Manchester Arena, offering a great location for our clients. We are delighted to be in the venue’s flagship space, the Medici Ballroom, which has been recently renovated offering fantastic facilities. Our suite has a red-carpet entrance and has a dedicated ramp access which gives quick and easy access to Deansgate. Guests will enjoy superb service, including a three-course dinner with VIP hostesses in attendance, and a post-fight hot and cold buffet.
Pete Graves: A keen boxing fan, Pete has enjoyed a swift rise through the broadcasting ranks to become one of the most recognisable faces on Sky Sports. After leaving university, Pete started his broadcasting career with the hospital radio show Radio Tyneside, before working in the local Metro Radio, and then ITV Tyneside as a sports reporter. Since 2009 he has worked at Sky Sports, mainly as a presenter, where his passion for sport and all-round knowledge are amongst his greatest assets. Over the past few years Pete has become a great asset as a regular host of our events, and we are delighted to have him as always!