Chisora on Usyk Fight: ‘War Is Coming’

Oleksandr Usyk’s rise through the heavyweight scene will continue on May 23 from inside The O2 in London. Rumored a few weeks ago, it became official that Dereck Chisora will be his next big challenge within the divison.

“This has the potential to be one of the great O2 nights – a Heavyweight blockbuster that can only be full of drama,” said Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn. “Usyk, who has become a UK fans favourite in his own right, did it all at Cruiserweight, becoming Undisputed World Champion in just 15 fights.

Joining the heavyweight scene in 2019, Usyk (17-0) is looking for his second win in the division. The former WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, The Ring and lineal Cruiserweight Champion was supposed to face Tyrone Spong in October. Testing positive for clomiphene, Spong was out of the bout. Usyk faced Chazz Witherspoon instead, winning the bout via round-seven corner retirement.

The 2012 Olympic medalist has never fought inside The O2 before. This will be big step for Usyk, as he looks to prove he is a true heavyweight contender.

“Boxing in Manchester in 2018 was an amazing experience, now I get to do it in London at the famous O2 Arena and I can’t wait to fight in front of the British fans once again,” said Usyk. “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 against Chisora. I am working hard in my training camp to show a spectacular performance on May 23rd. Dear friends, I will see you soon!”

Chisora (32-9) is on a three-fight win streak. Following a knockout loss at the hands of Dillian Whyte in 2018 (the second loss against Whyte), “Del Boy” won three fights in 2019. He won a unanimous decision bout against Senad Gashi in April, a knockout win over Artur Szpilka in July and a TKO win over David Price in October.

Chisora faced Robert Helenius, Kubrat Pulev, Tyson Fury and Vitali Klitschko early in his career. A former British, European and WBA International Heavyweight Champion, Chisora is hoping to be a nightmare to Usyk. This comes after Usyk beat Tony Bellew, Chisora’s teammate, back in 2018.

“WAR is coming,” said Chisora. “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 what 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.”

Presale tickets for Usyk v. Chisora will be available on Thursday, March 12, while general admission tickets are available on Saturday, March 14. Prices range from £40 to £800 (VIP).

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