Usyk's streak continues and focus now turns to Anthony Joshua
Oleksandr Usyk sent his message to the heavyweight division with a UD victory over DelBoy Derek Chisora.
After the most gripping of fight build ups, with Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk taking turns to see who could call the other out in a crazier manner. The fight was hyped, the debate was real. Would Chisora be too big, or is Usyk really the real deal?
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The talk was over, the fight time was now. The early rounds Usyk tried to move, tried to evade War Chisora who came forward with bad intentions, landing a couple of big shots, noticeably making the Ukrainian uncomfortable and uneasy in the clench.
The third round was a transitional round. Chisora started it strong connecting again with a some big shots, but as the round wore on it was Usyk who got into his stride. Moving out the way, left hands beginning to land.
The fourth was a closer affair. Derek looked good, but Usyk was slick, moving out the way of everything, while the 5th was a fan pleasing round.
Usyk was making Derek - who was clearly beginning to breath heavy - miss, very big shots from the Londoner were going wide of the target while 2 and 3 punch combinations were coming from the noticeably smaller Usyk.
The seventh was a damning round for Derek Chisora. Noticeably unable to cut the ring off, Usyk had Delboy in his charm, leading him round the ring then leaving Chisora on the brink of stoppage at the end of the round after a flurry of combinations and power shots.
The tenth round was better for Derek. Usyk seemed to be content to tap and move, touching Derek at will but rarely troubling or hurting him. Derek, seemingly having caught his breath began to find bigger shots within himself, but was also wary of wasting energy so spared them.
The 11th round, Derek Chisora tried to work the body, softening his man up and making Usyk uncomfortable. Despite relative spells of success, you still never got the impression Usyk felt troubled, even if he wasn’t in the sparkling form we’ve seen previously.
As the final bell went, the two men put arms around each other, in a way we probably expected. The job from Usyk seemed professional, he took minimal risk and just made sure he came away with the W.
Chisora did himself no harm, will keep his place in the hierarchy of heavyweights, but now for Usyk the questions lie ahead.
The likes of Joshua, Fury even Whyte and Parker will be tougher tests and unlikely to yield knockouts from Usyk, but he’s shown he’s capable of moving away, completing the sweet science if you like.