Usyk issues Chisora warning

Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk has warned Dereck Chisora that adopting an aggressive approach in their heavyweight showdown will prove to be fruitless.

Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk was scheduled to face Chisora on May 23 in London though the pair now seem destined to meet overseas as promoter Eddie Hearn continues his quest for a new date and venue.

Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) had previously declared that he “Only needs to land one punch to hit the target” against his unbeaten foe though, as Usyk told Sky Sports, he has heard it all before.

“Normally, I face this kind of plan every fight,” he said. “If you want to hit the target, you need to see the target. Because he can throw as much punches as [he] can, but you need to land them into the target.”

Olympic gold medalist Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) also revealed that he admires the 36-year-old Chisora for his longevity at top level, having watched the Londoner’s exploits during his amateur days.

“When I was an amateur, I was watching his fights as a heavyweight with [Vitali] Klitschko, David Haye and I was thinking, ‘wow, such great guys, somewhere far away’ and now I’m going to box one of those great guys myself,” said Usyk.