by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Looks like it’s October 31st (Halloween) For Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora!
This fight was meant to of happened earlier this year (May 23rd at the O2) but COVID-19 KO’ed it but it looks all set. The winner of this fight will be in the mix of the now shorter circle of heavyweight elite and the title fight drama (with Whyte losing at the weekend to Povetkin).
“I had a phone call tonight from Alex Krassyuk, who’s the co-promoter of Oleksandr Usyk saying, ‘Any news? We’re ready to go,’” Hearn told Sky Sports. “They’re the phone calls we’re getting quite a lot at the moment, and the pressure mounts on us to come up with the fight against Dereck Chisora. Dereck is training really hard. October 31st is the date we have penciled in for that fight, but it’s dependent on the current deal driving people through the doors and having some kind of gate or moving it internationally and having a site fee.”
“Again, Usyk vs Chisora is a really important fight. When this thing started, I had three main names and that was to deliver Whyte-Povetkin, Usyk-Chisora, and Joshua against Pulev,” said Hearn. “And to make sure the other stable could have the opportunities, keep moving forward and progressing their careers.”
We all know it just takes one punch to finish or turn a fight around and the Whyte vs Povetkin fight was such a great example. Usyk will be the favourite and I believe he will come through on a points victory, but. Heavyweight boxing is so intriguing and so violent. With the current mix at top level, and assuming Usyk wins, how about him against the winner of Whyte vs Povetkin II with the winner then facing whoever is triumphant with the Joshua, Pulev, Fury and Wilder merry-go-round? Makes sense to me and all (should) be happy.
If all is just that simple.
One thing is for sure is that we have an intriguing addition (Usyk vs Chisora was already there but seemed in doubt with Chisora not wanting to fight without a live audience). Joshua vs Pulev. Fury vs Wilder III. Whyte vs Povetkin II and now Usyk vs Chisora. Hevyweight boxing is now back.