Oleksandr Usyk made his heavyweight debut in October after an injury layoff, tiring out late replacement Chazz Witherspoon. What match up is next for Usyk not may be a tougher test but also a sooner one, possibly with Dereck Chisora.
Egis Kilmas, manager of Usyk in an interview with Sky Sports hinted to them the possibility of taking on Chisora. He even suggested that fight can happen without any title on the line.
Kilmas told Sky Sports last weekend: “We don’t know what happens on December 7. But if it is possible to fight in between and not to wait for another six months, I think Chisora will be a good fight for Usyk.”
The quick turnaround for Usyk would be interesting if it takes place as Kilmas hinting at December 7th is the date of the much anticipated rematch of Anthony Joshua taking and Andy Ruiz. The makings of this card are already going to be huge and would also provide more heavyweight action as per Boxrec of this writing, Michael Hunter is taking on Alexander Povetkin. Also on the undefeated prospect Filip Hrgovic is in action. While not heavyweights, it’s important to note is that another fight will replace the current one listed between Scott Quigg and Jono Carroll as Quigg had to withdraw due to an elbow injury.
Kimas in the report for Sky Sports stated that Usyk could take on Chisora coming off his stoppage of David Price in October or even Australian’s Joseph Parker. Parker to bring all of this full circle was the originally slated challenger for Chisora but had to withdraw to a spider bite, having Price step in instead.
We’ll see if Usyk is in action on what will be a mega card out of Saudi Arabia in December. It will also give everyone a true gauge of what Usyk can do at heavyweight against a ranked opponent in this division as well while he waits for the fallout from the Joshua-Ruiz contest to shape the landscape.