The rearranged heavyweight confrontation between Dereck Chisora and Ukrainian maestro Oleksandr Usyk is likely to land in October, according to the Londoner’s manager David Haye.

Chisora-Usyk was originally scheduled for the O2 Arena in May before the intervention of the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

A new date and location is still being finalised by promoters Matchroom, but Chisora’s manager Haye says an update is imminent.

“The date will probably be in October,” Haye told Sky News. “Fortunately, boxing has started to move forward now.

“Eddie Hearn is having fights in his garden – Dillian Whyte is having a huge fight with Alexander Povetkin on August 22.

“Dereck and Usyk will probably happen in October. Dereck and Usyk are both in training.”

Both men will have been out of action for a year. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) made his heavyweight debut last October with a seventh-round retirement win over Chazz Witherspoon. Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) stopped David Price in the fourth round in the same month.