“If you want to reach the target, you need to see the target”
By Andy Scott & Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 05/26/20 9:53 morning
Oleksandr Usyk said Derek Chisora’s plan to release relentless aggression from the opening bell would be considered useless because his opponents from England would not be able to ‘see the target’.
The Ukrainian star will test her sharp reflexes against the strength and size of Chisora only in her second heavyweight battle with promoter Eddie Hearn revealed how scheduled battles are now likely to be staged overseas.
Chisora and his manager David Haye have questioned whether unnecessary explorer-class kings can overcome punitive physical battles, but Usyk insists many have tried and failed to destroy a perfect record with the same game plan.
“Usually I face this kind of plan, every fight,” said Usyk Sky Sports. “If you want to hit the target, you have to look at the target, because he can throw as many hits as possible, but you have to land it on the target.”
But Usyk has admitted that Chisora has earned his respect, even before the Olympic gold medalist turned professional, when he witnessed the memorable British battle with Vitali Klitschko and Haye.
“When I was an amateur, I watched his fight as a heavyweight, with Klitschko, David Haye, and I thought ‘wow’, great people somewhere far away, and now I’m going to box one of these great people self.”
Chisora has revitalized his career since joining Haye, producing three consecutive wins, including the dominant stoppage of David Price last October.
The 36-year-old accepts that he cannot imitate Usyk’s unique left-handed style in a match match, even though he has hinted at tactical changes that could produce a surprising victory.
“I will focus on what I do. I will focus on getting in the ring, and start looking for my man, and that’s it.
“He will dance, but we have certain things that we have practiced and that we do every day. That will pay off.”
Chisora also revealed that he hopes to help Alexander Povetkin prepare for his old enemy Dillian Whyte.
“I have told Povetkin that, if he needs me, I will come and help him. I will fly to Russia,” Chisora said.
“The Russian has spoken to me and said: ‘When the time comes I will send a plane to pick you up and you can help me train’.”
Whyte, who had defeated Chisora twice, answered: “Derek is a stepping stone and I have stepped over him twice. If he wants to be brutally eliminated again I will take easy money! If he defeats Oleksandr Usyk and there is a belt on the line, I gladly let go of the belt. “
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