Can Chisora Pull Off An Upset?
Deeeeeereeeck. Where are you Dereck?
Ah, life is never dull when Oleksandr Usyk is in town ladies and gentleman. Fight night is here once again fight fans on what is possibly the most action packed weekend the sport has seen all year. Without doubt the most intruiging fight of the weekend sees the aforementioned Usyk taking on Finchley's finest in Dereck 'Del-Boy' Chisora. Whilst there is no heavyweight title on the line, this match-up still has that big-fight feel. There are many that have questions over the former undisputed world cruiserweights credentials in boxing's premier division. But, my question to you dear reader. Is are those questions warranted? Not if you are a bookmaker, who, if you're a gambler, are virtually putting a Usyk victory at evens!
An elephant is a friend of the mouse!"
Usyk was his usual calm and collected self at yesterday's press conference, spieling a familar rhetoric, to which he has become known for. As i alluded to earlier, many an armchair fan has questioned whether Usyk has the tools to cut it at heavyweight. My answer to you ... of course he does. If you are unfamiliar with the name, or have only become accustomed to seeing him on your screens during the World Boxing Super Series tournament. Questions over his credentials at 200-plus pounds may well vanish very quickly with a deeper dive into the career of the man from Kiev. Usyk is a highly decorated amateur, amassing a 335-15 record, one that can only be beaten by his fellow countryman, Vasyl Lomachenko. Whilst learning the trade of 'the sweet science', Usyk picked up gold medals at the 2011 World Championships, and at the London Olympic games. All of this at the heavyweight limit. He also competed in the World Series of Boxing at, that's right, you guessed it .. heavyweight. In fact Mr Usyk fought a certain Mr Joe Joyce. The fight is readily available to watch online folks. Any queries over whether Usyk can handle a bigger man will be answered right there! Usyk used Joyce's face as a punching bag, peppering lefts and rights with Joyce having no answer for the fast hands, and most importantly feet of his Ukranian foe. Speaking of Usyk's footwork, this is something another Brit, former foe, Tony Bellew alluded to as being perhaps Usyk's finest attribute. The front foot always in front of yours. The ability to make that quick half step which could land you in all kinds of trouble. And perhaps, his key to victory tomorrow night at Wembley Arena.
"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!"
Well, there's some irony right there my friends. For Dereck Chisora has taken on the moniker of WAR CHISORA in the latter stages of his career. At 36, Chisora is in the twilight of his career. However, recent form would dictate that he is in the best form of his life. In years gone by Chisora has been somewhat of an enigma. You never really knew which Chisora would show up. 'Del-Boy has been around since 2007 and has had a very 'up & down career'. A period in 2012 saw him record three loses on the trot. A very good showing against Vitali Klitschko, was then eradicated by a savage knockout loss to David Haye. He was on the wrong end of a split decision victory to Kubrat Pulev. Gave a very poor account of himself aginst Agit Kabayel. Arguably beat Dillian Whyte in there first encounter before suffering another knockout loss in the return. But, has worked himself into title contention with three savage knockout victories in his last five fights over world-level opposition in Artur Spilzka, Carlos Takam and David Price. His resurgance has coincided with the link up with new manager, and former foe, David Haye. Who, in conjunction with Chisora's trainers, looks like the have got the Finchley man in tip-top condition.
"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."