Oleksandr Usyk V Derek Chisora - Halloween Fright Night
This Saturday, a lot of questions will be answered when we finally get to see Oleksandr Usyk (17-0-0, 13 KO) V Derek 'War' Chisora (32-9-0, 23 KO) in the ring, five months after the scheduled date back in May 2020. The winner will be the mandatory for the WBO belt which is currently held by Anthony Joshua.
Usyk started his quest for Heavyweight dominance with a stoppage victory over the American, Chazz Witherspoon back in October 2019. The unbeaten and skilful Ukrainian takes on his first major test in the Heavyweight division as he starts his journey in trying to dominate the Heavyweight division against a hungry and better than ever Derek Chisora.
This fight is seen as skill v power and it will also be a good test of Usyk’s chin if Del Boy can land flush. The size of Usyk is seen as a slight weakness, he will be giving height and reach away to the elite in the division but his feet and movement is unbelievable and will have to impose that advantage on his opponents if he is going to be successful.
The big question for this fight is can Usyk use his feet to keep out of the way of those big right hands from Del Boy for thirty-six minutes? He certainly has the ability to do so but what does happen if it lands? It promises to be an intriguing fight. Usyk is no stranger to fighting bigger and stronger men, he fought the likes of Joe Joyce in the WSB and was victorious. Usyk previously fought in the UK against former WBC Cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in Manchester 2018 and was victorious with an 8th round stoppage but was behind on the cards at the time. Bellew described the mental pressure Usyk put him under and that is one of his biggest strengths, putting boxers under pressure without throwing a punch, his feet does all of the talking. Usyk is a man of very few words but when asked in a sky sports interview what he expects on Saturday night, his reply was “I expect a wonderful fight”.
Usyk landing a left hook during his stoppage victory against Witherspoon
Derek ‘War’ Chisora will be looking for his biggest win in his long career and has stated he will need to “taste leather” to do so and somehow try and turn it in to a war. Since joining up with David Haye and Hayemaker Promotions, his career has been exciting, and he seems to be a new character, he is fitter than ever and also looks better than ever. Considering he has tasted defeat nine times as a professional, it just shows what type of character he is to still be headlining big fights under the Matchroom banner.
Whilst working with David Haye, his statement victory came with a devastating stoppage victory over Carlos Takam who he stopped in the 8th round after two fantastic knockdowns. He has been beaten twice by Dillian Whyte, first time was somewhat controversial, and I had him winning the fight on the scorecards. Second time round, he lost to a vicious left hook after being deducted two points by Marcus McDonnell but was still winning the fight on the scorecards. Del Boy’s last two fights have both ended in early stoppage victories, Artur Szpilka in the second and David Price in the fourth.
Del Boy landing that vicious right hand which drops Carlos Takam
Derek will be needing a third consecutive knockout victory if he is to beat Usyk on Saturday night according to the pundits and he certainly carries the power to do so. It is on record that Derek does not like to fight Southpaws and there is no better Southpaw in the world at present than Usyk. Derek spoke to Sky Sports this week and has vowed to come out victorious “There is no way I am losing this fight. I am going to go through him. There is nobody stronger than me in the Heavyweight division at the moment, not AJ, not Fury”.
This is the right fight at the right time for both fighters, Usyk is looking to become a force at heavyweight and Del Boy is looking to have one last crack at winning a world title. If Usyk can put on a clinical boxing display, he will prove that he is a force to be reckoned with but if he loses, where does he go from there? It has been a slightly different build up for this fight, both fighters exchanging in humorous videos back and forth and there is clearly huge amounts of respect from both parties. Once that first bell goes, the respect and laughter stops and leather will be exchanged and what a night it would be if Derek Chisora can come out victorious and move one step closer to a world title fight with Anthony Joshua for the WBO World Championship.
David Haye & Derek 'War' Chisora- Hayemaker Promotions
Paul Kelly (@paulkelly98), ESBR Writer – Usyk Late Stoppage
I really do believe Usyk is an elite fighter. Although Chisora looks and sounds to be in the shape of his life and ready to bring 100%, I feel that Usyk’s superior boxing IQ and skillset will show and result in a late stoppage victory for the Ukrainian.
Doey Thomas (@xDoey), ESBR Writer- Usyk UD or Late Stoppage
As intriguing as the fight looks, I can’t help but feel the reality on the night will be far from surprising. Often heralded as the gatekeeper of the heavyweight division, Chisora will pose some obstacles which Usyk hasn’t dealt with before such as sheer bulk and the ability to take a barrage of shots. That said, Usyk is an elite level fighter and I expect him to show it on Saturday night. Speed, movement, and his vast skill set is the key for Usyk to win and I expect him to pick Chisora off with ease. He can’t allow Chisora to get into a range where he is dangerous.
Greg Doyle (@GND1989), ESBR Writer & Predictor- Usyk Late Stoppage
Usyk should be too good. Chisora's only chance is to lean up close and try to bully Usyk. For me that won't happen, Usyk will pick him off whilst stepping in and out of distance and stop him in the second half of the fight.
Elliot Grigg (@elliottgrigg), ESBR Senior Writer- Usyk KO
On pure boxing ability, Usyk should dominate this fight. However, the intrigue is that 'Derekkkkkk' is just mad enough to dispense with any boxing wisdom, and will try to impose his size and bully Usyk. He will try to walk through shots before throwing power punches from unconventional angles of his own. He is also durable and has only been stopped by Haye, Whyte & Fury (rtd). Derek will land at some point and may rattle Usyk but I expect Usyk to outthink, outmanoeuvre and comprehensively outbox Derek to stop him late but wouldn't rule out a wide win on the scorecards.
Date: October 31st 2020
Time: Ring walk approx. 22:00
Venue: SSE Arena, Wembley
Channel: Sky Sports Box Office - £19.95 (UK) / DAZN (USA)