Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora

Oleksandr Usyk open to Derek Chisora fight

Published On Friday, November 8, 2019By Tim Rickson

Oleksandr Usyk open to Derek Chisora fight

Ukrainian pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk (17-0) could face Briton Derek Chisora (32-9) before his mandatory WBO world heavyweight title shot.

Londoner 'WAR' Chisora has been very vocal recently about fighting the former undisputed cruiserweight champion, but manager Egis Klimas has, for the first time, revealed an interest from Usyk in that fight.

He told Sky Sports, "We don't know what happens on December 7th," referring to the rematch between unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia. "But if it's possible to fight in between and not wait around another six months, I think Chisora will be a good fight for Usyk."

Former ring rival-turned-manager, David Haye, has said, "It makes sense for them [WBO] to sanction Usyk versus Chisora."

Usyk is open to the fight with 'Del-Boy' in between his chance to challenge either Ruiz or Joshua, whoever is holding the belts after their rematch on December 7; he affirmed, "I am ready to fight them."

Kiev's Usyk rose to fame when he won the WBSS cruiserweight tournament, defeating Marco Huck (40-4-1); Mairis Briedis (23-0); Murat Gassiev (26-0) to become the first cruiserweight in history to hold all four major world championships