Carl Froch has made is traditional big fight prediction this weekend and true to form, he’s pulled no punches and given his honest opinion.

Bookies think Bellew is up against it this weekend but Froch is backing him big time.

Speaking to Kugan Cassius of IFL TV, Froch said:

“He’s a difficult opponent for Bellew. But I just think Bellew can, I’m not saying he will, I hope he does, but I’m going to pick Bellew to win by knockout. A lot of people might laugh at that but Tony Bellew is my mate. I’m not just saying that because he’s my mate and I want him to win, nobody thought I could beat Jermain Taylor.”

He added:

“He’s got a game plan with Dave Coldwell and he’s got to connect a big shot and absolutely shock everyone. That’s how he wins. I think he’s got to knock out Usyk.”

There is no doubt that Bellew has to try to make Usyk uncomfortable and make a fight out of it rather than a technical boxing match.

Bellew possess plenty of power to close the show inside the distance but the problem will lay in trying to land that big punch on someone as elusive as Usyk in the first place.