Oleksandr Usyk vs. Dereck Chisora targeted for October

By Charles Brun: Dereck Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk are being targeted for October, according to Dereck’s manager David Haye. Usyk and Chisora would have already fought earlier this year if not for the pandemic. It caused their fight to be pushed back into the fall.

Unbeaten heavyweight Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) will be risking his WBO mandatory spot against Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs), and he could lose that golden ticket to a massive payday against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight Anthony Joshua.

Chisora, 36, has the chance to earn a miracle title shot against AJ, and all he has to do is beat the former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk.

Dereck has to get to Usyk’s chin

That’s going to be easier said than done for ‘Delboy’ Chisora, as Usyk is viewed as one of the top three heavyweights in the division by many boxing fans.

Oleksandr is just below Joshua and Tyson Fury in terms of talent, but he’s crafty. Chisora will need to figure out a way to get to Usyk’s chin because he’s not going to make it easy.

“The date will probably be in October,” Chisora’s manager David Haye said to Sky Sports News. “Fortunately boxing has started to move forward now. Derek and Usyk will probably happen in October.”

Having the Usyk-Chisora fight in October isn’t nearly as bad as Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder needing to wait until December. Even that month isn’t a certainty for it to happen.

Image: Oleksandr Usyk vs. Dereck Chisora targeted for October

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist Usyk, 33, didn’t have to take this fight with Chisora, but he wanted to, and its understandable why. With the World Boxing Organization giving Oleksandr the WBO mandatory spot without him needing to earn it, a lot of boxing fans feel that it was unfair.

Usyk electing to take a tough fight against Chisora to impress the boxing public, he’s sort of redeeming himself in their eyes. At least the British fans will be excited if Usyk beats Chisora, and they will no longer view him as not having earned his WBO mandatory position.

The Americans will still see Usyk as having been given a gift by the WBO. To appease them, Usyk would need to beat someone like Filip Hrgovic, Joseph Parker, or Andy Ruiz Jr.

Chisora wants Oleksandr’s golden ticket

“Basically, everything I’m going to do is for me to take what he has and make it mine,” said Chisora “He’s got the golden ticket, so I want to take his golden ticket.

“He’s going to dance around, but we’ve got certain things we’ve been practicing on and things we’ve been doing every day. It will pay off,” said Chisora.

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Dereck has a secret plan that he’s been working on to get to Usyk, and he’s hoping that it’ll allow him to cut off the ring and take him out. It would be an excellent idea for Chisora to throw body shots because Usyk isn’t easy to hit to the head.