The original plan was for the WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk to fight with the very experienced Dereck Chisora on March 28, but the fight had to be postponed due to an Ukrainian elbow injury. Firstly It was April, but most recently Eddie Hearn said the match will be in London on May 23 at the O2 Arena. According to the promoter, the deal has been done and now he trusts that none of them won’t be injury. Hopefully this is the final time, it would be good to see Usyk against a more serious opponent.
This is just Usyk’s second fight in heavyweight after winning every belts in cruiserweight in 2018. The only match so far in this weight group was in October last year, but not many conclusions could be drawn on what Usyk would be capable of in this division. Chisora, on the other hand, is extremely experience and crafty. Usyk maybe losing the chance for a title fight against Joshua or the current WBO champion. At the same time, it will have good experience for him.
Usyk’s goal was to get the belts of all four big organizations in heavyweight, but his plan was difficult to start. First an injury, then a positive doping test for his opponent, then a victory over an easy opponent and then another injury. And it’s a mandatory challenge for WBO not to know when to get close to the title match. If Joshua wins Pulev and then wants to unify with Fury, then he probably won’t in this year. In the meantime, he can still accumulate some experience, which is good for him, because it won’t be an easy job with either Joshua or Fury.