Dereck Chisora will go up against former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in a heavyweight contest at The O2 Arena in London on May 23.
British fighter Dereck Chisora will be looking to send out a statement in May by defeating WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in the Ukrainian’s second fight as a heavyweight.
Chisora, who has only ever fought for one world heavyweight title in the past, believes he is capable of shocking the Ukrainian pound-for-pound star to get what he believes is a worthy shot at a belt himself.
Chisora was defeated by Vitali Klitschko in his only title fight back in 2012, but he believes he is more experienced now and is ready to unleash all his power on Usyk.
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At the unveiling of the fight, Chisora said: “WAR is coming. Usyk reckons he can step up and survive with the big boys. He may be the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world, but on May 23rd he will find out it feels like to be hit by a real heavyweight.
“He is coming to my backyard, I’m going to remind him exactly why he hid in the cruiserweight division and also get revenge for my boy, Tony Bellew. This will be WAR.”
Usyk, who last fought in the United Kingdom in 2018 when he beat Bellew at the Manchester Arena , is looking forward to coming back to England and although he knows Chisora will be a tough test, he doesn’t envisage any real problems.
Usyk said: “As a cruiserweight, I reached the highest heights as undisputed champion and now I am following the same path as a heavyweight.
I expect a real test in Chisora – he is strong, tough and resilient. I recall being an amateur and watching his fight with Vitali Klitschko. It seemed so big and far away.
“Now I am myself taking a fight with Chisora. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on May 23rd.”
Usyk is the overwhelming favourite at 1/8 with Paddy Power, while Chisora is a 9/2 shot. They seem massive odds for Chisora, but he knows how to land and take a punch. This won’t be the walkover everyone is expecting. Can Del Boy shatter Usyk’s heavyweight dream in just his second bout at this weight?
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