Update On Oleksandr Usyk Vs. Derek Chisora
As boxing’s heavyweight division continues to take shape, there are bound to be other contenders that form. A new member of the division may finally get a chance to prove he deserves a title opportunity.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn spoke to Sky Sports regarding a bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora. Originally set to clash on May 23 in London, the fight between the two was postponed due to the coronavirus. It was originally reported that the two were scheduled to clash in October. Now, Halloween may end up being the official day of the fight.
“I had a phone call tonight from Alex Krassyuk [managing director of K2 Promotions-Ukraine], who’s the co-promoter of Oleksandr Usyk saying, ‘Any news? We’re ready to go,’” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene. “They’re the phone calls we’re getting quite a lot at the moment, and the pressure mounts on us to come up with [the fight against Dereck Chisora]. Dereck is training really hard.
“October 31st is the date we have penciled in for that fight, but it’s dependent on the current deal driving people through the doors and having some kind of gate or moving it internationally and having a site fee.”
After winning the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight tournament final, Usyk (17-0) decided to make his jump to heavyweight. He was supposed to face Tyrone Spong before Spong tested positive for a banned substance. Usyk then faced Chazz Witherspoon, beating him after a round seven corner retirement.
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.
“Again, [Usyk vs. Chisora] is a really important fight. When this thing started, I had three main names and that was to deliver Whyte-Povetkin, Usyk-Chisora, and Joshua against Pulev,” Hearn went on to say. “And to make sure the other stable could have the opportunities, keep moving forward and progressing their careers.”
There are currently talks going on regarding bringing Chisora into Bellator for an MMA fight. That all depends on when this fight will take place. Hearn is hoping fans can be allowed to be at events during this time. Recently, he has held fights at “Matchroom Fight Camp” in the backyard of Matchroom’s U.K. office.