Derek Chisora has tasted defeat at the hands of both Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury – the latter three times.
Because of that, there’s perhaps no man better placed to predict how a fight between the two might play out.
The WBC Champion – Fury – and the man who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts – Usyk – are deep in negotiations for an undisputed fight that would crown just one heavyweight champion for the first time in two decades.
Whilst an official announcement is yet to be made, all news from the camps is positive for the bout to go ahead early this year, likely in the Middle East.
Fury’s most recent victory was his trilogy fight with Chisora. The referee stopped the contest after the challenger took an untold amount of punishment. Four fights prior, ‘Del Boy’ lost a decision to Usyk in what was the Ukrainian’s second contest at heavyweight.
Asked by TalkSPORT how a four-belt clash might play out, Chisora gave an interesting take on the chance of a knockout.
“Both men don’t have power, so it will be a good fight.”
Fans may take slight issue with this considering the damage Fury put on Chisora, although, to his credit, he didn’t hit the deck other than an awkward, exhausted tumble more from the champion’s weight than anything else.
There has long been an assumption that the undisputed fight between the Brit and the Ukrainian would be a chess match rather than a throwback heavyweight banger, but ‘The Gypsy King’ is adamant that he’s too big for Usyk and will stop him inside six rounds.
His newfound knockout ability – four in his last four – lends weight to this claim, but Usyk is yet to be seriously hurt in the professional ring. Chisora, for what it’s worth, does have Fury as a tentative favourite.