Oleksandr Usyk juggles in the gym as he prepares for Tony Bellew bout

Oleksandr Usyk works on hand-eye coordination with juggling balls in the gym as he prepares for Tony Bellew bout

  • Oleksandr Usyk warmed up for his fight with Tony Bellew by juggling in the gym 
  • Usyk was looking to hone his hand-eye coordination ahead of Saturday’s bout 
  • The unbeaten Ukrainian also did a sparring session from his Manchester base
  • Bellew and Usyk go head to head at Manchester Arena on Saturday evening

Oleksandr Usyk tried his hand at a spot of juggling as he works on his hand-eye coordination ahead of Saturday’s fight against Tony Bellow.

The undisputed cruiserweight champion faces Bellew in a high-profile clash this weekend, and proved he is leaving no stone unturned in preparation for the bout by juggling balls in the gym.

Images from his session in Manchester on Tuesday showed the 31-year-old Ukrainian taking part in a variety of exercises as he bids to get himself in peak condition for Bellew.

Oleksandr Usyk (pictured) warmed up for his fight with Tony Bellew by juggling in the gym

Oleksandr Usyk (pictured) warmed up for his fight with Tony Bellew by juggling in the gym

Usyk was looking to hone his hand-eye coordination ahead of Saturday's bout with Bellew

Usyk was looking to hone his hand-eye coordination ahead of Saturday’s bout with Bellew

He also did some core exercises as he looks to get himself into shape for Saturday's bout

He also did some core exercises as he looks to get himself into shape for Saturday’s bout

Usyk stretches at his Manchester base as he hones preparations for the clash with Bellew

Usyk stretches at his Manchester base as he hones preparations for the clash with Bellew

After maintaining focus while juggling three balls, Usyk also worked on his core fitness before engaging in a sparring session with his trainer.

Working from his usual southpaw stance, the Ukrainian appeared to be in good shape as he fired rapid combinations at both his trainer and the punchbag.

Indeed, boasting 11 KOs from his 15 fights, Usyk will provide formidable opposition for Liverpudlian Bellew on what could well be his final fight.

Speaking to Sportsmail this week, Bellew revealed that he is coming under increasing pressure from his wife Rachael to hang up his gloves. 

However, with a big pay-day against Usyk on the cards, he has been tempted back into the ring once more.

The unbeaten Ukrainian also did a sparring session from his Manchester training base

The unbeaten Ukrainian also did a sparring session from his Manchester training base

Usyk looked in good shape as he tested his glove skills on the punchbag in the gym

Usyk looked in good shape as he tested his glove skills on the punchbag in the gym

The southpaw fired rapid combinations at the bag during Tuesday's gym session 

The southpaw fired rapid combinations at the bag during Tuesday’s gym session 

BELLEW V USYK: TALE OF THE TAPE

TONY BELLEW

Age: 35

Stance: Orthodox 

Height: 6′ 3″ / 191cm

Reach: 74″ / 188cm

Fights: 33

Won: 30

K.Os: 20

Drawn: 1

Lost: 2

OLEKSANDR USYK

Age: 31

Stance: Southpaw

Height: 6′ 3″ / 190cm

Reach: 78″ / 198cm

Fights: 15

Won: 15

K.Os: 11

Drawn: 0

Lost: 0

‘She’s been pleading with me to stop,’ he told Sportsmail. ‘I still feel kind of wrong because I’ve been putting this game and myself first for so many years and I need stop this now and put my family and my kids first,’ he admits.

‘It’s f****** stupid, I’m risking everything for a dream.’ 

In preparation for the fight, Bellew also admitted he has sought advice from Anthony Joshua’s dietitian Mark Ellison. 

‘I had a meeting with (Ellison), we talked about things that weren’t in place… (but) I can’t put it down to anyone but myself,’ he revealed.

‘No nutritionist can make you do it for you, he’s not the one in the hotel sitting with me on my own at 8 o’clock in the night when you’re hungry, when you have to train to get a bit of weight off and you’re tired.

‘It comes down to the individual and the amount of sacrifice and dedication he’s willing to show.’ 

‘You can’t outrun a bad diet – I haven’t had a piece of bread in two months, I haven’t had a fizzy drink in two months, I haven’t had chocolate, I haven’t had one bit of s***e.’ 

Usyk is all smiles as he makes his way around the gym in the build-up to Saturday's fight

Usyk is all smiles as he makes his way around the gym in the build-up to Saturday’s fight

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