There is so much on the line when Dereck Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk face off inside The O2 in London on Saturday May 23. The opportunity for heavyweight gold is something Usyk, a cruiserweight champion until recently, has been waiting for.
For Chisora, a true veteran in the heavyweight divison, he is ready for the challenge.
“It’s going to be hard, I’m not going to lie to you,” Chisora stated during Matchroom’s Born Fighter series. “I think this fight will be the hardest fight I’ve ever had. Not because the guy hasn’t got power, but because of the accuracy of his punches and the way he chucks them. When he chucks them he’s unbelievable.
A former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion, Chisora (32-9) has faced some of boxing’s best. From Tyson Fury to Vitali Klitschko to Dillian Whyte, the 36-year-old is as tough as they come. In order to avoid the unorthodox style of Usyk (17-0), a man with 13 wins via knockout, Chisora has been working on his own moves to glide away from the Ukrainian.
“It’s going to be leather,” Chisora went on to say. “I’m already taking dancing lessons. The guy is going to be on fire man. He’s going to be dancing bro. He’s going to be dancing. Where can you get guys who can be sparring like him? Nowhere. The guy is a dancer. He’s going to dance.”
Since the start of 2019, Chisora has won three fights in a row. He beat Senad Gashi via unanimous decision, knocked out Artur Szpilka and just beat David Price in October via TKO. Before that, he was trading off between wins and losses, going 4-4 from May 2016-December 2018. With a whole new mindset and momentum on his side, “War” Chisora believes the best is yet to come. That means even against Usyk.
“I’m going to have to eat leather, I’m not going to lie to you,” stated Chisora. “I’m going to eat leather. I’m probably going to take five before I get one in there, but it is what it is. I eat that sh*t for breakfast. The hunger remains and the dedication is the same.”
General admission tickets for Chisora-Usyk will be available on Saturday, March 14. Prices range from £40 to £800 (VIP).