The heavyweight picture is taking shape at the end of 2019 and that includes former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, Oleksandr Usyk, and whom he might be fighting next?
In advance of the upcoming Andy Ruiz – Anthony Joshua unified heavyweight title rematch in Saudi Arabia next Saturday, the same promoter for that fight, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, made comments on Friday afternoon about Usyk and his possible, if not likely, next opponent.
Speaking during a video interview on Matchrooms YouTube page while in Monte Carlo for their show this weekend, Hearn said that Usyk would could be fighting English heavyweight contender Derek “War” Chisora in February:
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 29, 2019
“I was just backstage there talking to Usyk trying to get this Chisora fight ‘over the line’ for February. That’s a big fight…A big heavyweight fight. Usyk is now established a big star in the U.K. … I think it’s so fascinating seeing Usyk move up to heavweights even against Chisora. Cause, we know Usyk is going to pick off Chisora, but he’s (Chisora) a right handful. A big lump. And, he can punch. And, you’re going to get a lot of answers in that fight.”
As we wrote back in October when Chisora won his most recent fight over England’s David Price by 4th round KO, the veteran British contender would love the opportunity to get in with the unbeaten Ukranian former Olympic Gold Medalist, who’s now fighting at heavyweight.
Usyk won his first heavyweight bout earlier in October against 38-year-old last-second replacement Chazz Witherspoon in Chicago by 7th round TKO.
It should also be pointed out that Chisora is about to be 36 years old in late Decemberr, 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.
Whyte has his own controversy and failed drug test to clear up, but is nonetheless fighting on the Ruiz-Joshua undercard in eight days.
You must further factor in that the WBO has already named Usyk as their number one contender, and he potentially could be in line to fight either Anthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz next. Or, at least fight for the vacant WBO title if the winner of Ruiz and Joshua won’t fight him and get’s stripped.
Still, because Hearn promotes both Fighters, it appears they could fight very quickly in February and still have Usyk, the likely winner, be available for a potential title fight in the middle of next year.