ddie Hearn admits heavyweight fight between Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk is 'close'

Eddie Hearn admits heavyweight fight between Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk is 'close'

Published On Wednesday, September 16, 2020By Boxing News Now

Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk are reportedly close to reaching an agreement for their heavyweight bout to be rescheduled before the end of 2020

Derek Chisora and Oleksandr Usyk look set to face each other before the end of 2020 as the event will be reschduled after previous postponement according to Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.

The fight was scheduled originally for May 23rd before the pandemic, but was cancelled throwing doubts around the fight's possibility of even taking place at all, with Usyk reportedly keen to pursue his position as a mandatory challenger for a shot at Anthony Joshua to become world heavyweight champion.

However, Hearn believes that the fight is likely to take place this year, irrespective of a crowd being in attendance and believes that the fighters are still very motivated to stage the fight.

He said to Sky Sports: "We are close, I mean both guys understand that without a gate at The O2, there’s significantly less revenue driven to that show, but both guys fancy that fight. We’re trying to get the maths right. We’re trying to get the numbers right to get these guys over the line. I have to say, fair play to both of them, they are trying to find a way. Usyk is saying to me, Chisora is saying to me, David Haye phones me all the time: “Let’s find a way to make this fight, it’s great for boxing”.

"But we are handcuffed and bound by the fact that no fans are allowed at the moment. ‘But if I’m a betting man, I’m having a little cheeky each way punt that Usyk-Chisora gets over the line."

The British heavyweight Chisora has not fought since October 2019 when he beat fellow Briton David Price via stoppage and is looking up once again against a superb unbeaten opponent.

A great deal of the spotlight has been on the Ukranian Usyk, with rumours of a new weight division for the lighter heavyweights being drafted up by Tony Bellew and the WBC but Usyk believes that he can compete at a heavier weight and has set his sights on becoming world champion targeting Anthony Joshua.

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