Oleksandr Usyk passed his first major test in the Heavyweight division by outpointing Derek Chisora and winning their high-stakes clash via unanimous decision.
Ukraine’s undefeated Olympic gold medallist and former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion answered doubts about his natural size by displaying his electric footwork and razor-sharp punch accuracy against Chisora at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Usyk remains the WBO Mandatory Challenger to Anthony Joshua, who watched from ringside, and who he intends to fight in 2021.
“I was very happy to be back in the ring,” Usyk told Matchroom afterwards. “I haven’t fought for more than a year. It was a huge pleasure for me. You saw my smile when I went into the ring. I really want to thank god for this victory. Derek has big power, he has strong punches but I was prepared for it.
“I didn’t think about his boxing IQ. All I was thinking about was the boxing and what I wanted to do. I am very thankful for Derek giving me this opportunity. I am very thankful to this family and his team. I am happy. He is a good man. Anthony (Joshua), how are you? I am coming for you.”
Usyk told Sky Sports: “Chisora a big guy, a hard guy. I was expecting a fight like that, I was expecting a tougher fight. My plan is to go to my home, maximum time with my family. Training and improving myself. Not just World Champion, the Undisputed World Champion [is my aim].”
A disappointed Chisora reacted to defeat: “I feel great. I was pushing the pace. I’m just disappointed with the result, gutted. To everybody who can’t make it [to the fight], I’m gutted for everybody. In the Heavyweight game, you have to fight not box. I gave a couple of rounds away.”
Results from The SSE Arena, Wembley:
12 X 3 Mins WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title
Oleksandr Usyk W 12 (117-112, 115-113, 115-113) Derek Chisora
12 X 3 Mins IBF Lightweight World Title Final Eliminator
George Kambosos Jr W SD 12 Lee Selby
12 X 3 Mins Vacant EBU European Cruiserweight Title
Tommy Mccarthy W 12 Bilal Laggoun
10 X 2 Mins Vacant WBO Middleweight World Title
Savannah Marshall W TKO 7 Hannah Rankin
10 x 2 mins vacant Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight Title
Amy Timlin DRAW Carly Skelly
6 X 2 Mins Super-bantamweight Contest
Ramla Ali W UD 6 Eva Hubmeyer
Total fights: 41
Record: 32-9, 23 KOs
USYK VS. CHISORA LIVE STREAM & TV
– DAZN meanwhile air the fight in the United States, and other markets – it is currently also active in Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Canada, Austria and Switzerland. Usyk-Chisora coverage begins from 1 p.m. EST, with main event ring walks anticipated after 6 p.m. EST.
U.K.: Sky Sports Box Office
– Usyk vs Chisora will be streamed live as a pay-per-view event in the United Kingdom by Sky Sports Box Office and the fight will be available to view via all major platforms. The price for the event is £19.95. The main event – Usyk v Chisora – is expected to go ahead from 10pm UK time (6:00pm ET).
Usyk vs Chisora will be screened live in Australia by Fox Sports 507. Their coverage will start at 0600 AEDT on Sunday November 1.
The fight will go ahead at Wembley Arena. It was originally set to go ahead at the O2 Arena in London, the location of Chisora’s last six fights.