Dereck Chisora’s fight against Oleksandr Usyk originally scheduled to happen May 23rd at London’s O2 Arena, has now been rescheduled to take place on October 31st.
Chisora, coming off three wins since his second loss to Dillian Whyte in December 2018, his last win being a stoppage over David Price in October, first gave wind of the reschedule bout talk on social media before Hearn confirmed the new date.
Here we go again!
Del Boy, now known has WAR Chisora, since his reincarnation under the management of former rival David Haye, got fight fans taking note, when he posted a photo of himself on Twitter with the caption Coming soon ??♂️#UsykChisora the words on the photo read “Ah s*it here we go again!”
News of the fight was tainted in the fact the government is still not allowing sports fans back to events due to the virus scare and this fight will now top a spectatorless event, which in turn according to Hearn will reduce the fighters purses.
Matchroom Boxing head of boxing Hearn told Sky Sports in an interview, “I mean both guys understand that without a gate at The O2, there’s significantly less revenue driven to that show! It looks like the fight then will be moved to the Matchroom back garden, which has been a recent success.
“Yesterday’s news from the Government was a kick in the nuts, so to bounce back with this fight at this time is so important for boxing.
“You’ve either got to sit back and say ‘it’s not possible’ or find a way to make it happen, and I’ve got to say a big thanks to Team Usyk, ‘Del Boy’ and David Haye for staying patient and helping get this over the line.
“It’s an absolute firecracker and a fight that’s so important to the Heavyweight division over the next few months.
“We saw a stunning victory from Povetkin recently to shake up the mandatory situation, can ‘WAR’ Chisora spring the upset and KO the undefeated undisputed world champ?
“I know he will do everything he can to try and get the victory and this will be another night of heavyweight drama!”
“We are handcuffed and bound by the fact that no fans are allowed at the moment.
WBO number 1 ranked heavyweight contender Usyk, 33, moved up last year after capturing undisputed, undefeated status at cruiserweight and already cementing legendary standing in the sport. Since bulking up to tackle the big boys, the Ukrainian has had one fight, stopping late replacement Chazz Witherspoon at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago last October.
Usyk was installed as the WBO’s number one mandatory challenger to their champion Anthony Joshua this on the back of his past achievements and he has stated he wants that fight with Joshua and isn’t willing to take step aside money should Joshua take another route. This would mean Joshua would either need to face Usyk or vacate the belt.
Usyk’s talk of world title fights is somewhat premature considering he still has yet to get past Chisora, the Londoner has had a new lease of life and will no doubt give Usyk a stiffer test and welcome to the heavyweights as Witherspoon did and as the aforementioned Dillian Whyte found out recently against Alexander Povetkin, the best laid plans… blah blah blah…
Hearn himself has warned Usyk to underestimate Chisora at his peril, but let’s face it, it wouldn’t be the shock of the decade if Chisora did pull it off! Would it?
“Usyk believes he could go out, get a good win under his belt in the heavyweight division and then move on to challenge for a world title in 2021.” said Hearn.
“Maybe Mr Chisora puts a spanner in the works like Alexander Povetkin did. Anything could happen,” he added.
If Chisora has one final big performance in him is to be seen. Can the Londoner find something at this stage of his career to not just put a spanner in the works but tip the whole tool bag on its head? Cast your vote by heading over to https://www.stsbet.co.uk and let your money do the talking. At any rate, it is highly unlikely he will derail the Ukrainians charge but it wouldn’t be close to boxing’s biggest upsets, so underestimate Chisora at your peril Mr Usyk!