Report: Usyk-Chisora Set For May In London
Boxing’s heavyweight scene is starting to take shape, and just in time.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn told media personnel this week (via Mike Coppinger of The Athletic) that Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora will face off on May 23. Taking place inside London’s O2 Arena, the fight will help both fighters get closer to championship glory.
Joining the heavyweight division 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.
Usyk is considered the next challenger for WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua (23-1) is set to face Kubrat Pulev in June. With Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury expected to go at it for the third time, Usyk might keep Joshua busy with a win over Chisora.
“AJ has to fight Usyk after Pulev. The only way he won’t fight Usyk is he gets the [Tyson] Fury-Wilder [III] winner. That’s basically it,” Hearn told CBS. “Usyk will fight Dereck Chisora in May. We are going to find out a lot about Usyk as a heavyweight because Chisora is on a great run, he’s a rough house, he’s strong and he can punch. It’s going be a great fight.”
At one point one of the rising stars of the heavyweight division, 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.
Debuting in 2007, Chisora faced Robert Helenius, Kubrat Pulev, Tyson Fury and Vitali Klitschko early in his career. Now, Usyk may be facing the toughest challenge of his heavyweight journey.