Oleksandr Usyk Vs Dereck Chisora Officially Set For May 23rd
Pound for pound entrant and former unified Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk and British contender Derek Chisora will meet in an anticipated heavyweight showdown at the O2 Arena in London no the 23rd of May. live on Skysports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
Usyk (17-0, 13KOs) made a move up to heavyweight after dominating the cruiserweight division, unifying all the titles to become undisputed and defending it ones with notable victories over Marco Huck, Mairis Breidis, Murat Gassiev and Tony Bellew all in enemy territory.
Usyk, who won Olympic Gold back in 2012 made his heavyweight debut with a seventh round stoppage victory over Chazz Witherspoon and will continue his quest to become a two weight world champion when he takes on Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs).
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Former title challenger Dereck Chisora has been on some incredible form recently, starting with his second round demolition of Artur Szpilka at the O2 Arena in July 2019, which was exactly a year after be blasted out Carlos Takam in the eight round at the same venue. He most recently knocked out David Price in the fourth round back in October.
The O2 has played host to Chisora’s last six fights and it’s increasing becoming a Lion’s Den for his heavyweight foes. Now, he plans on giving Usyk is first big test as a Heavyweight in a division which has very huge opportunities and a possible title fight lurking in the shadows for the winner.
“Oleksandr Usyk against Derek Chisora has all the ingredients for a classic Heavyweight clash,” said Adam Smith, Sky Sports’ Head of Boxing Development. Can the supremely talented Ukrainian withstand Chisora’s relentless aggression on a red-hot night at The O2? I’ve spoken to Chisora’s manager David Haye who is massively confident that his fighter will topple the former Undisputed Cruiserweight king.
“We know all about Usyk’s class, having witnessed his dramatic battle with Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena – and a certain Anthony Joshua will be keeping a close eye on a potential foe for the future. We’ve got a real Heavyweight line-up in the coming weeks, with Dillian Whyte’s explosive encounter against Alexander Povetkin, Usyk‘s risky showdown with Chisora and then AJ takes centre stage for his huge World Title fight against Kubrat Pulev.”
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