by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NOW CONFIRMED 100%
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’d it but it is now all set and finally confirmed. 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).
It will be live Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the US.
This is a great matchup. For Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s), we will finally find out if he will be able to compete at heavyweight and for Chisora (32-9, 23 KO’s), we can gauge as to what he has left at this level.
Eddie Hearn: “It’s an absolute firecracker and a fight that’s so important to the heavyweight division over the next few months” … Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk will finally face Derek Chisora in their rescheduled heavyweight fight on October 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Derek Chisora: “Helllllo, Usyk, I’m ready for you, helllllo Usyk! Usyk, I’ve been ready for you all year. It’s my home turf and after such a tough year for everyone, I’m going to give the British public the Halloween party they deserve and finally get revenge for my boy Tony Bellew!”
Oleksandr Usyk: “I have really missed boxing. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on October 31. I expect a real test in Derek – he is strong, tough and resilient. He is a really big guy and he hits hard.
“As a cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as undisputed champion and now I am following the same path as a heavyweight. I need to test myself against world class heavyweights on my new road to undisputed and Derek stands in front of me.
“Many people say that Derek is a monster, but deep down he is a kind man. I don’t expect to see that good side of him. I know that he wants to break me, but I am water, wind and fire all together. Derek Chisora, I am coming for you!”
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. Heavyweight boxing is now back.
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