Is Dereck Chisora now in line for 2020 Usyk fight?
Off of his fourth round TKO Saturday night in London, heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora is already looking at the near future and a potential a large non-title fight.
After dispatching late replacement heavyweight David Price, Chisora and his manager David Haye wasted no time in talking about his options for early 2020:
"@DerekWarChisora would put the heat on @Usykaa…" https://t.co/NpIt1E84eM pic.twitter.com/AmriUAkVcN
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) October 27, 2019
Usyk, who has vacated his undisputed Cruiserweight titles to move up, was a winner two weeks ago in his heavyweight debut against 38 year old journeyman American, Chazz Witherspoon. Witherspoon took the fight on Just four days notice and Usyk ended up stopping him after 7 rounds.
The WBO has already tabbed Usyk as their number one contender and in line to potentially fight either Unified Heavyweight Champ, Andy Ruiz or former champ, Anthony Joshua after their December 7th rematch in Saudi Arabia.
Haye said to Sky Sports post-fight Saturday on fighting Usyk,
I like the Usyk fight – he’s mandatory for the WBO. If that fight can be done, it will definitely be fantastic. Chisora would put the heat on him.”
Haye continued, “If he fights Usyk, who is mandatory, then he’s right up there for a shot at the world title. That’s what he wants, and I’ll do everything I can to get him that.”
There is some debate as to whether Usyk will fight again, before that potential matchup is set or if the WBO ends up stripping the winner of Ruiz-Joshua, then Usyk’s next fight might be for the vacant title.
Now, Chisora could also end up fighting New Zealand heavyweight contender Joseph Parker, whom he was originally supposed to fight Saturday night. However, Parker suffered a spider bite a month ago, which made him very ill and unable to train for a couple of weeks.
It should also be pointed out that while Chisora was victorious Saturday, he’s about to be 36 years old, is 32-9 and hasn’t won a really significant fight since Dillian Whyte knocked him out in December of last year. And that was the second time Whyte had beaten Chisora in their careers.
And, because Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing (shown above) promote White and Chisora, it’s also likely that he would want Whyte to get a title shot first. Of course, Whyte still has to clear up his positive drug test from this summer and still has not done so.
Chisora-Usyk? Chisora-Parker? Chisora-Whyte III?
We will wait to see.