Having faced both men, not many are in a better position than Derek Chisora to predict who will win the upcoming undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.
Back in October, he sided with his old friend and three-time former foe Fury, saying his size would win out ‘easy’ over the former unified cruiserweight king Usyk.
“Tyson. He’s the bigger guy, longer reach. Just Tyson. This is like a man taking candy out a baby’s hand bro. Tyson’s gonna win. He’s gonna walk through that guy. That’s it.”
But when speaking to IFL TV this week, he was asked for his latest prediction when the pair come to blows on February 17 for the historic showdown and has said it is now too hard to call.
“I don’t know. I was Usyk this afternoon because we love the same Russian sauna so we were together. It’s a short camp for both fighters.
By the time they get into the rhythm and try and get everything right its going to be hard, there’s going to be injuries. There’s already signs, they already postponed it. Both men will train hard, so who knows man. It’s hard to call.”
‘Del Boy’ then said Fury can’t have an off day like he did last time out against Ngannou if he is to beat Usyk, even though he thinks ‘The Gypsy King’ clearly won on the scorecards.
“Tyson has to gee himself up now. His last fight was not a good fight man but he won, he won that fight simple. I said he was going to get knocked down and come back and win the fight. I think that burst some of his bubble. Sometimes you can have a bad day but in boxing, you can’t have a bad day and win the fight.”
Chirsoa himself meanwhile has spoken of his desire to face Ngannou and claimed he could knock him out.