Usyk Excited For Clash With Chisora
Looking to be battle-tested right away in a competitive heavyweight division, Oleksandr Usyk will have to get through multiple-time heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora. Waiting his whole life for this moment, Usyk is hoping to take advantage of the opportunity.
After winning the World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight tournament final, Usyk (17-0) decided to make his jump to heavyweight. The goal of the 33-year-old was to become a true heavyweight contender. With 13 wins via knockout, Usyk faces a man in Chisora (32-9) with over 23 wins via knockout. Usyk is not too worried about Chisora’s power, however.
“Normally I face this kind of plan, every fight,” Usyk stated to Sky Sports. “If you want to hit the target, you need to see the target, because he can throw as much punches as you can, but you need to land them into the target.”
The former WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Cruiserweight Champion was supposed to face Tyrone Spong before Spong tested positive for a banned substance. He then faced Chazz Witherspoon, beating him after a round seven corner retirement. Usyk and Chisora were scheduled to face off in May, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. Now, it is expected the two will fight in the summer.
Someone that has helped Usyk has been former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Chisora faced his brother, Vitali, back in 2012, losing to him for the WBC Heavyweight TItle. It is a something that Usyk, who grew up watching fighters like Klitschko and even Chisora, has come to appreciate.
“When I was an amateur, I was watching his fights as a heavyweight, with Klitschko, David Haye, and I was thinking ‘wow’, such great guys somewhere far away, and now I’m going to box one of those great guys myself,” Usyk went on to say.
Chisora is currently on a three-fight win streak. A former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion, Chisora recently beat David Price for the WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight TItle. “Del Boy” is on a side quest of his own to help Alexander Povetkin in his future clash with rival Dillian Whyte. If anything, that would lead to a third fight between the two.
Even with side projects, Chisora will be focused on Usyk. The latter will look to have a game plan that will allow his career in a new division to flourish.
“I’m going to focus on what I do. I’m going to focus by going in the ring, and start looking for my man, and that’s it,” Usyk said.
“He’s going to dance around, but we’ve got certain things we’ve been practicing on and things we’ve been doing every day. It will pay off.”