"With [Hearn] we can do great things in boxing", Krassyuk added.
A fearless Bellew tried to get back to his feet as promoter Eddie Hearn watched on worryingly, but the fight was over and Usyk celebrated his stunning victory before taking the time out to check on Bellew's well-being. Brit Bellew suffered a third defeat at 30 victories (20 by knockout) and one draw.
However, he was starting to slow down and was visibly worn out when the end came, with Usyk following up a sharp right jab with a punishing left that put Bellew on his back. He was behind on two of the scorecards at the time of the knockout, yet looked in complete control as Bellew began to fall apart. Bellew was down in the 1st round from a left hook. "Even winning (against Usyk) wouldn't have touched the sides".
Next up for the Ukrainian seems to be a move up to heavyweight where he could potentially challenge Joshua, who holds three of the four titles as of now.
Oleksander Usyk knocked Tony Bellew into retirement.
With his wife staring down Eddie Hearn heading into Saturday night's fight, Bellew knows that being out of boxing is good for his health in multiple ways. "[Usyk] would bring new spirit to the heavyweight division".
It is a mouth-watering prospect, and a reality for later in 2019 or beyond.
As for Whyte, he takes on Dereck Chisora in a highly anticipated rematch on December 22nd in London.
The fighter had been told by his wife, Rachael, with whom he has three sons, that he "will be divorced" if he ever steps into a ring again.
Bellew can be proud of his effort, and of his career. Asked afterwards if he would be sticking to that decision, he said simply: 'It's definitely the end'. "You'll see Saturday night". Don't boo him, ' demanded Bellew. When I was expelled from school I had nothing and nowhere to go.
It means the Ukrainian retains the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO belts to remain undisputed champion.
The 35-year-old Bellew had said this would be his last fight.
But perhaps the most significant wins were the two stoppage triumphs over former WBC world heavyweight champion Haye. Only the very best, and the very biggest, will find a way to beat him.
He was joking of course, and we will miss Bellew's wit as well as fighting spirit.