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Oleksandr Usyk Decisions Derek Chisora, Warns Anthony Joshua
November 3, 2020
Former undisputed Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk passed his first major test in the heavyweight division with a hard earned unanimous decision victory over Derek Chisora on Saturday at the SSE Arena Wembley, London.
The Ukraine’s undefeated 2012 Gold Medalist was able to squeeze out a 117-112, 115-113, 115-113 from the judge’s scorecards despite taking his second test as a Heavyweight and fighting in enemy turf.
The London favorite, Chisora didn’t hand him the win on a platter of gold. He came out firing from the opening bell, landing a couple of telling punches that Chisora was able to cope with and was able to pressure Usyk in the second round but Usyk, picking his spots seem to be doing the more damage.
Usyk came to life in the third, landing some telling shots of his own, combinations to the head and body of “Del Boy”. The fourth was a back and forth battle as both landed telling shots of their own till time ran out.
Usyk dominated the fifth, showed some good movement and connecting some good shots on Chisora, who did very little in the round. However , the sixth was his round, as he pushed the paced while Usyk sat back and connected counters. Chisora went to sleep in the seventh, leaving Usyk with all the advantage and doing most of the work, even putting Chisora on some serious trouble in the closing seconds of the round.
Usyk owned the game in round eight as Chisora slowed down and appeared exhausted. Chisora came out in the ninth, taking the role of the aggressor but only left himself open for the moving Usyk to tag him with counters. The 10th was more of a back and fourth battle as Del Boy forced Usyk into a dog fight with both having their moments.
Chisora targeted the body and looked to work down Usyk in the eleventh but eventually got tired and slowed down, opening up for some good punishment from the Ukrainian. Chisora kept pressing forward in the 12th but Usyk dominated by picking him apart with some telling shots.
Usyk, who is now two fights into the heavyweight game was away from the ring for more than a year before facing Chisora and with the win retained his place as the WBO Mandatory challenger to Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. A champion, he sure wants to meet in 2020.
“I was very happy to be back in the ring,” Usyk told Matchroom afterwards. “I haven’t fought for more than a year. It was a huge pleasure for me. You saw my smile when I went into the ring. I really want to thank god for this victory. Derek has big power, he has strong punches but I was prepared for it.
“I didn’t think about his boxing IQ. All I was thinking about was the boxing and what I wanted to do. I am very thankful for Derek giving me this opportunity. I am very thankful to this family and his team. I am happy. He is a good man. Anthony (Joshua), how are you? I am coming for you.”
Usyk told Sky Sports: “Chisora a big guy, a hard guy. I was expecting a fight like that, I was expecting a tougher fight. My plan is to go to my home, maximum time with my family. Training and improving myself. Not just World Champion, the Undisputed World Champion [is my aim].”
Usyk on the other hand, has now added another loss to his string of losses and felt disappointed with the score as he felt he controlled the pace of the Fight and deserved to win.
A disappointed Chisora reacted to defeat: “I feel great. I was pushing the pace. I’m just disappointed with the result, gutted. To everybody who can’t make it [to the fight], I’m gutted for everybody. In the Heavyweight game, you have to fight not box. I gave a couple of rounds away.”