"I love that about him, but I would like it if he wins".
Bellew goes into the fight on Saturday as a 4/1 underdog against the unbeaten champion.
Were you about to retire before Usyk came up?
Watch Usyk vs Bellew for the undisputed cruiserweight title, at Manchester Arena, on November 10, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from 6pm.
It's always going to be tempting, because again, I think one of the hardest thing about retiring is when you feel like you're improving, and he is improving at the moment.More news: Saints' Thomas pulls celebrates TD with cell phone
Oleksandr Usyk has warned Tony Bellew his talk will count for little if he does not deliver in the ring on Saturday. But all fighters have vulnerabilities and I have to expose his.
"Usyk is less of a puncher than Lomachenko but comes with just as high a work rate so Usyk has to take some to give some to be exciting whereas Lomachenko has genuine power and he can stop fighters with that power".
A quick look at his record though does tell us plenty, with a blemish free career to his name up to this point, and 11 of 15 successes coming by way of KO. One punch can change the course of a fight and, as I was saying, Bellew's got that in the locker.
It's the ultimate legacy fight, the ultimate career-defining fight, and that's what is really spurring him on. I don't need this fight - I've been set for life since my first clash with David Haye.
Bellew, who is a lifelong and passionate Everton fan and knocked out Ilunga Makabu at Goodison Park in 2016, said: "I will find a way to defeat the monster". And if Bellew can take a wife, he said in an interview with ESPN.More news: Uganda, at high risk for Ebola, starts vaccinating medics
I've done it the proper way.
Bellew might well prove to be a tough test himself this weekend in what could be his final fight but the betting for the bout certainly favours the away fighter, who remains something of a mystery in terms of style.
Will you become a trainer if this is indeed your last fight?
From the viewpoint of most others, this is a combination of seeing one of the pound-for-pound best show off his full arsenal on the biggest stage, and wondering whether Bellew can produce the most unlikely of upsets, one that would have a great effect on the boxing world in the Cruiser and Heavyweight divisions.
Andre Ward, I think, would want to fight the victor, said Hearn.More news: Papa Gino’s pizza chain closes all but one location in CT