The upcoming boxing match Usyk vs Chisora is going hot as David Haye sees trouble ahead for Oleksander Usyk when he puts his WBO heavyweight mandatory status on the line against Dereck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs). Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) wanted himself to get a tune-up in before he challenges IBF/WBA/WBO champion, Anthony Joshua.
Combined with the power and talent of Chisora, Usyk has never fought a heavyweight and he may have bitten off more than he can chew in taking this fight.
The decision made by Usyk to take on the risky 36-year-old Chisora could prove to be the costliest fault of his short seven-year professional career. With a victory over Usyk, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Chisora will gonna snatch his WBO mandatory status, and then move forward to challenge Joshua in a fight that will set him up for life financially.
Chisora is NOT 38-year-old Chazz Witherspoon and Haye wants Usyk to know that, who Oleksander beat last October 2019 by an unimpressive 7th round retirement stoppage in Chicago.
Chisora A Different Game Than Witherspoon
“It’s frustrating but no more frustrating than it is for the Uskyk team. They are consummate professionals, and they’ll still be training, as Dereck is,” said Haye to Boxing Social about the sport being in lockdown. “It’s obviously limited training that you can do in these times, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
“It’s an unfortunate hiccup, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles. You’ve got to play the best hand that you’ve been dealt. Dereck is in a good place. I did worry that this fight could get pulled a month or so ago. But here we are, the fight is postponed. We don’t have a date yet.”
“He’s fighting someone skill-wise who is probably the best big man in the world. He’s in most people’s pound-for-pound top five. He’s [Usyk] at heavyweight now, and he’s had one fight at heavyweight.”
“I don’t believe he set the world on fire with his fight against Chazz Witherspoon, but he got the stoppage victory. Dereck Chisora is a whole different game than Witherspoon was. Witherspoon turned up on short notice and was blasted out there,” said Haye.
There is very much probability to win in this fight for Chisora, as Usyk looked weak and small in his heavyweight debut against Witherspoon. It did nothing for Usyk Choosing an out of shape and old Witherspoon, and it was a pointless match. Whether that was Eddie Hearn’s decision to face Witherspoon, or Usyk’s manager’s idea and someone should have vetoed the idea. Actually Usyk needed a real opponent to fight, and he didn’t get that with Witherspoon.
Chisora With Opportunity To Earn Joshua Fight
“Dereck Chisora is going to come in like a man possessed,” said Haye. “He’s living and breathing boxing like he should have done, but he’s doing it at the right time because he has the biggest challenge of his career. He’s 36-years-old, and he knows this is his last chance.”
Like this, There’s not going to be many other opportunities. This is effectively the WBO mandatory fight. Usyk is the #1 challenger and he’s ranked #1, and he’s for Joshua’s WBO title. So if Chisora can beat Usyk, he puts himself in a hell of a position to get that big fight against the WBO champ.
“It’s an exciting time for Dereck. He knows it. He’s eating clean, living the life, and that’s all I could ever hope for a fighter to give himself the best opportunity to win a fight when it finally does present itself.”
“In the past, Dereck has gone off the rails after the fight. I don’t want to say ‘go off the rails.’ He’s not 100% disciplined in camp in the past, but when a fight was not scheduled,” said Haye.
If Chisora wins this bout, he will be rolling in the dough against Joshua in 2021. Chisora really just needs to figure out a way to get to Usyk’s chin often enough to stop him.
Dereck Will Be At His Best form Against Usyk
“When there was no fight in the pipeline, he wasn’t the guy to be in the gym twice a day, pushing his body, eating healthy,” said Haye. “But over time, he’s learned from his mistakes, and he’s as good as he’s ever going to be in his next fight. So that’s all we can hope.”
“The fans truly respect that and understand that he’s going to give them 100%. That’s why every time he fights, it’s in front of a packed out crowd,” said Haye.
Well, Chisora should be in the best shape of his life, if boxing doesn’t start up again until later this year or in 2021. We can only expect for Chisora’s sake that he doesn’t overtrain. At Usyk Vs Chisora live boxing match which will be going to happen, Chisora will need to be lean enough for him to chase Usyk around the ring if he intends to use movement to avoid him like he did before against Michael Hunter.
You can count on Usyk having studied past fight backward and forwards before he faces Chisora.
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