What’s The Latest On Oleksandr Usyk vs. Derek Chisora?
A heavyweight collision between former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora is still being worked on.
Usyk vs. Chisora was initially supposed to take place on May 23 in London. Those plans went awry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There were some rumblings that the bout could be rescheduled for the end of October but that isn’t a guarantee.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn discussed the holdup in making Usyk vs. Chisora a reality and whether or not progress has been made.
“We’re close. I mean both guys understand that without a gate at The O2, there’s significantly less revenue driven to that show, but both guys fancy that fight. We’re trying to get the maths right. We’re trying to get the numbers right to get these guys over the line. I have to say, fair play to both of them, they are trying to find a way. Usyk is saying to me, Chisora is saying to me, David Haye phones me all the time – ‘Let’s find a way to make this fight, it’s great for boxing.'”
Usyk is the mandatory challenger for the WBO Heavyweight Championship. Anthony Joshua holds that title along with the WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO gold. Joshua will put his gold on the line against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Up to this point, Usyk has amassed a perfect pro boxing record of 17-0. Along the way, he has scored 13 knockouts. Chisora’s record is 32-9 and he’s expected to be a sizable underdog going into this bout.