Eddie Hearn Questions If Oleksandr Usyk Can Handle Derek Chisora’s Power
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn isn’t sure if Oleksandr Usyk can withstand the punching power of Derek Chisora.
This Saturday, October 31, Usyk and Chisora will collide in a heavyweight clash. Usyk is the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s WBO Heavyweight Title. That claim is in jeopardy with this bout, as a loss will revoke that status. David Haye, Chisora’s manager, is reportedly attempting to have Chisora take the mandatory claim if he upsets Usyk.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said that fight fans want to know if Usyk has the wherewithal to absorb damage against a heavyweight with the power that Chisora possesses.
“What do we know about Usyk? Genius. Amazing footwork. Punch selection, timing, mental capacity. What we don’t know? How tough he is under heavyweight firepower. When he boxed Chazz Witherspoon [in his heavyweight debut last year] there were a few signs that he didn’t like what was coming back. Witherspoon is nowhere near as good or fast as Chisora. There are a lot of questions for Usyk to answer at heavyweight but he is a genius who will go down as one of the greatest fighters of our generation.”
Usyk is perfect in his pro boxing career thus far. He’s amassed a record of 17-0. In 13 of those wins, Usyk has scored a knockout or TKO. This will be Usyk’s second bout as a heavyweight.
Chisora has a record of 32-9. He has 23 knockouts to his credit. Chisora is riding a three-fight winning streak. In that span, he’s beaten David Price, Artur Szpilka, and Senad Gashi.