Matchroom Boxing’s managing director Eddie Hearn revealed that he’s trying to put the Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk fight for February.
More specifically, February 8. It’s a solid heavyweight fight to make, as Hearn has talked to both Usyk and Chisora teams and they gave him the nod.
The Ukrainian and the Brit are both flying to Saudi Arabia this weekend to watch the Andy Ruiz – Anthony Joshua fight. The mega bout affects directly the potential clash between Usyk and Chisora. If Ruiz Jr. manages to keep his titles and he’s still the WBO, IBF and WBA”Super” heavyweight champion of the world, Usyk will be pushed to bank his mandatory challenger status and fight the 30-year-old Mexican-American. Hearn has no other choice because an undisputed fight between Andy Ruiz and WBC champion Deontay Wilder will be set up in the blink of an eye.
“I had a meeting with Usyk’s team in Monaco. They’re very interested in a fight with Chisora,” said Hearn to IFL TV about negotiations for a Usyk vs. Chisora fight. “I had talks with David Haye, and Dereck Chisora.
“They’re very interested in that fight. February 8th is the potential date, but hopefully, they’ll both be here this week. I know Usyk is coming, and I believe Chisora is coming as well,” said Hearn.
If Joshua manages to get back his championship belts this weekend, then Hearn will be able to proceed with the making of the Usyk – Chisora fight. It’s important to say that Usyk will be putting his WBO mandatory status on the line and there’s a hypothetical chance Derek Chisora could arrange himself a title shot.