Oleksandr Usyk believes that critics read too much into his performance en route to his unanimous decision victory against Derek Chisora last October.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, who challenges Anthony Joshua for his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles this weekend at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, says people perhaps expected too much during his clash with the rugged Chisora last year.

“I am very grateful to all those that support me and everything else but they expect too much from athletes,” Usyk said to The Sun. 

“Some of them very much don’t understand what is happening in the ring, how difficult it is or, in some cases, how easy it is. People just have an image that they think up.

“The fact is I boxed Derek [Chisora] for 12 rounds but he is actually a very difficult guy to beat. If you look at his two fights with Tyson Fury, he has gone 22 rounds with him.”