Usyk resumes heavyweight bid against Chisora
London, March 12: Former undisputed cruiserweight international champion Oleksandr Usyk will glance to take his subsequent step against heavyweight honours when he faces Dereck Chisora in London on May 23.
Usyk concluded his dominance of the 200lbs department with an eighth-round stoppage of Tony Bellew in November 2018, despite the fact that he has most effective fought as soon as since because of bicep and elbow accidents.
The undefeated 33-year-old stopped unheralded American Chazz Witherspoon on his heavyweight debut remaining October and now faces a mouth-watering conflict towards former world-title challenger Chisora on the O2 Arena.
“As a cruiserweight, I reached the best possible heights as undisputed champion and now I’m following the similar trail as a heavyweight,” mentioned Usyk, who’s recently ranked because the WBO’s obligatory challenger – that means a shot at unified champion Anthony Joshua might be at the time table for the winner of this bout later in 2020.
“I be expecting an actual check in Chisora – he’s sturdy, difficult and resilient. I recall being an beginner and staring at his combat with Vitali Klitschko. It appeared so large and some distance away.
“Now I’m myself taking a combat towards Chisora. I’m operating onerous in my coaching camp to turn a impressive efficiency on May 23.”
Chisora is coming off a run of 3 consecutive victories following his dramatic 11th-round loss to home rival Dillian Whyte in December 2018 and the 36-year-old has pledged to offer a stern check of Usyk’s heavyweight credentials.
“Usyk reckons he can step up and live on with the large boys. He could also be the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the sector however on May 23 he’s going to in finding out what it feels love to be hit by way of an actual heavyweight,” he mentioned.
“He is coming to my yard, I’m going to remind him precisely why he concealed within the cruiserweight department and in addition get revenge for my boy, Tony Bellew. This can be struggle.”