But he has taken the bold decision to enter the cruiserweight
competition where he will be the least experienced of a field which includes former Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest.
He held the WBC cruiserweight
title from 2016 to 2017, and challenged for the undisputed cruiserweight
championship in his final fight.
Everton fan Bellew said his greatest achievement was beating Ilunga Makabu at his beloved Goodison Park in 2016 to win the WBC cruiserweight
title."There will be no more fighting from me," said Bellew, who retires aged 35.The Liverpudlian, who won 30 of his 34 professional fights, added: "The only thing you will see me doing from here on in is trying to act sensible and being myself.
"I went out against the best cruiserweight
and he can lay claim to being the greatest cruiserweight
of all time.
I tried my best and he is probably the best cruiserweight
that ever lived.
He won the WBC cruiserweight
title on an emotional night at his beloved Goodison Park and made millions in his two wins over David Haye.
Bellew, himself a former world cruiserweight
champion, said: "When he had all those four belts round his waist the first name out of his mouth was me.
The unbeaten Usyk is the first cruiserweight
to hold all four major belts and the Ukrainian hopes to impress tonight to earn a shot at Anthony Joshua.
Sam Hyde faces Richard Riakporhe for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight
title, there is a crossroads battle at lightweight between former three-weight world champion Ricky Burns and ex-British ruler Scotty Cardle and Anthony Crolla takes on Daud Yordan in a final eliminator for the right to face WBA world champion and pound-for-pound king Vasyl Lomachenko.
Bellew will be looking to claim the undisputed cruiserweight
title when he meets the fearsome Usyk on the top of the bill.
Usyk became the first boxer in history to unify the cruiserweight
division when the Ukrainian spectacularly outpointed Murat Gassiev in Moscow to take the Russian's unbeaten record and add the IBF and WBA belts to the WBC and WBO versions he already held.
The main fight that Ali Dad won was of eight round while the other was of four rounds in cruiserweight
which was won by Naseeb Ullah Khan Agha.
(Getty) LONDON: Yunier Dorticos had never been stopped in his previous 22 fights before the World Boxing Super Series semifinal matchup on Saturday, so it was always going to take something special to inflict the first defeat of the Cuban's career and rob him of his WBA cruiserweight
Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk just about did enough to win a majority points decision and a second world cruiserweight
title in a raucous and sold-out Arena Riga on January 27, 2018.
Enzo Amore shocked Neville to become the new WWE Cruiserweight
Champion after he hit the King of the Cruiserweights
with a lowblow to score the pinfall.