Alexander Usyk Vs. Derek Chisora DAZN Press Quotes & Photos
Notes & quotes from the Usyk vs. Chisora press conference ahead of Saturday’s action, live on DAZN in all of its nine markets including the U.S. an Sky Sports Box Office in the UK.
Oleksandr Usyk – Kiev, Ukraine – 17-0, 13 KO’s – fighting Derek Chisora in a Heavyweight clash:
“There will be no war. I bring peace – pure, clean boxing. He will definitely want to hurt me badly but I won’t stand in front of him. I don’t know why everyone is talking about a test at Heavyweight because, all of my life, I have been tested by Heavyweights. In the World Series of Boxing I was a Heavyweight – people wanted to hurt me but didn’t manage to. If the king of animals would be considered according to the size, then it would be elephant, not the lion. An elephant is a friend of the mouse!”
Alexander Krassyuk, K2 Promotions:
“First of all, I am really glad to be stuck here in the bubble. Eddie, thank you very much for keeping us fed, safe and COVID free. There’s only a couple of days left. I hope nothing will disturb us from entering the ring on Saturday night. Within the last 8 months there was a lot of talk that this fight is going to be a real test for Usyk, which I do agree with. He is entering the Heavyweight division. I consider this fight to be his real test. This division is called elite because gentlemen like Usyk and Chisora represent it. On Saturday night two true warriors are going to war.”
Derek Chisora – Finchley, London – 32-9, 23 KO’s – fighting Oleksandr Usyk in a Heavyweight clash:
“People tell me that I hold the key to the rich and famous! You shall not pass! He will try to box. I can’t box. It will be a shoot-out. When I hit him, he’ll be hit, there is nowhere to hide. I need a fair referee. I want this fight to be fair. I don’t want to be dancing or wrestling. I want both of us to work fairly. I have to keep marching forwards. He will try to wrong-foot me but I’m ready. People will be surprised.”
David Haye, Hayemaker Promotions:
“Derek has taken his training to a new stratosphere in terms of pain and sacrifice. It took someone as good as Usyk to do what he’s always needed to do. Usyk will find himself in a very, very uncomfortable fight, fighting somebody significantly stronger than anybody he has fought before.
“It will get very rough, very fast. Will Usyk drown in the Heavyweight waters? Chisora can absorb a disgusting amount of punishment. How deep can Usyk soul-search? How much does he want it? Things come easier to Usyk. He is now fighting someone 20kg of solid muscle heavier. I see Chisora causing one of the biggest upsets on British soil ever.
“Usyk believes it will be a boxing match. Peace? I was hoping that would be the case. He hasn’t practiced having a war. He has practiced silky skills to keep the big man off. What if the big man forces his way in? Usyk won’t be allowed to box. He will be forced to fight. He will find himself in deep waters and there is a strong current.
“The moment Derek is forced to have a long-range boxing match with the best boxer in the world, he loses. Fact. We’re under no illusions. When Derek gets inside the referee needs to let the action flow. Let them work, let them punch. When they are on the inside and are punching, it doesn’t matter that their heads are close or that they might be holding an arm. Just let the action flow.
“The British Boxing Board of Control have great judges and referees and I’m positive that, for a fight of this magnitude, the referees and judges are on point. Derek doesn’t want favours. He just wants it fair. Derek wants to be allowed to implement a game-plan that will give him success.”
“Welcome to a huge night of boxing. I’m very proud to be able to get this huge event over the line. Of course, we’re in difficult times right now. This was an event that was supposed to happen in May in front of 17,000 people at The O2 Arena, but we have built something very special here across the road at Wembley Arena where we will remain for the next six weeks for four huge nights starting with Usyk vs. Chisora this Saturday night live and exclusive on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN across America. It is one of the biggest pound for pound stars in the sport in Oleksander Usyk, already the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s World Title with the WBO, against Derek Chisora who has had a great second wind in the sport of boxing. He’s on a great run with big wins over Takam and David Price.”
Lee Selby – Barry, Wales – 28-2, 9 KOs – fighting George Kambosos Jr in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Lightweight World Title:
“I’m not fearful of any fighter. I don’t believe any boxer is. We’re fighting men. We don’t fear our opponents. It’s a lot more comfortable for me boxing at Lightweight, but it’s still no plain sailing. It’s still quite a struggle to get down to the weight and I still have to train very hard. How I made Featherweight I do not know! I expect him to come out with pressure and high work-rate which will make for a great spectacle.”
George Kambosos Jr – Sydney, Australia – 18-0, 10 KO’s – fighting Lee Selby in a Final Eliminator for the IBF Lightweight World Title:
“I’m super excited. I’m a caged lion right now. I can’t wait for this fight. This is my time. I’m in my prime, and I’m ready to make a huge statement. It doesn’t matter who is in front of me. I’m ready to make a huge statement. I can’t wait to get in on.
“Not only my youth, but every aspect of my fight game. It is going to be too much for him. I truly believe that. Come Saturday I am going to showcase it all. This is my time. He’s had his time. He’s been a World Champion. He’s a former. I’m coming to become a World Champion. This is my time. I’m ready.
“It is a great division, and who wouldn’t want to be part of this division right now? It is the best division in the world I believe. I know what we’re about. My team know what we’re about. I’ve got one man in front of me and that’s Lee Selby. I’ll take this guy out and then I’ll go for the World Title straight after. His sell-by date has expired!”
Ramla Ali – Bethnal Green, England – making her professional debut in a six round Super-Bantamweight contest against Eva Hubmeyer:
“I think it was like Monday night and I thought I wasn’t going to compete. I was ‘this’ close to saying, ‘screw it, I’m going to order a pizza’. I stayed professional and I was still really hopeful, and then on Tuesday I was told I’m fighting. I’m really glad that I stayed professional and I’m really glad that I stuck with it.
“It’s so amazing to have at least one female bout on every undercard. On Saturday there’s three! It’s not a novelty, women’s boxing is serious! Women’s boxing is booming and I’m just blessed to be a part of it and fighting on Saturday.
“My story got me through the door. People say ‘does she deserve it?’ The next step is for me to prove that I’m more than just a story. I plan on doing so with a nice win on Saturday.”
Eva Hubmeyer – Euskirchen, Germany – 1-0, 1 KO – fighting Ramla Ali in a six round Super-Bantamweight contest:
“I’m really happy to be here and I’m so excited. I’m so proud to be part of this. This is the first fight that I’ve had abroad. I have only fought in Germany up until this point, so I’m really excited. It is a great honour to be here. It is very good that more women are coming through in boxing. There are three women’s fights on the huge card, hopefully women’s boxing keeps on growing.”
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