Oleksandr Usyk: Wilder vs Fury predictions among most accurate
Former lineal cruiserweight champion turned top heavyweight contender Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO) will face bruiser Dereck Chisora (30-9-0, 21 KO) on May 23 in what will be the former's second fight in his new division.
Can Usyk deal with Dereck's style, strength and legitimate big-man's power?
... That remains to be seen.
Prior to the fight, Usyk told Ren TV he'd picked Fury in Wilder vs Fury 1 and suggested he was even more bullish on the 6'9" Brit the second time around.
While acknowledging Wilder's game-changing power, Usyk was impressed by Fury's performance in December 2018 and believed Tyson would ride his skills to a more definitive win in the rematch.
Usyk told Ren TV:
“I preferred Tyson Fury in the first fight.
“In the second, I will probably be more inclined towards him.
“He has much more skills than Wilder."
"But Wilder is such an unpredictable guy who can hit at any moment.”
Following their controversial draw in December 2018 - a bout most seemed to have thought Fury deserved to win - the Brit took the fight to Wilder last month and registered a 7th Round stoppage. He beat Deontay on the inside, at mid-range and on the outside and ultimately bullied the champ for seven rounds.
Deontay can't outbox nor outbrawl Fury at this moment and can't figure out how to generate any offense against the 6'9" Brit. In fact, some say Wilder has clearly won just 2 of the 19 rounds they've fought, insisting the rest were either won by Fury or could have gone either way.
While some picked Fury to win the rematch, few had Tyson winning both times.
And even many of those who picked Tyson last month prefaced their prediction with something like 'If Fury can avoid the right hand'.... 'If Tyson stays on his toes'...
"I’ve watched this fight maybe three times already," Usyk, an Olympic gold medalist, recently told IFL TV.
"That’s what he promised to do, he promised to box the way he did in the previous fight and it was a great performance. I enjoyed watching this fight. The thing I realised, why Deontay was not looking the same way as he did in the previous fights because he wasn’t sharp enough, especially in his movements?"
A poised fighter with an extensive and successful amateur pedigree, can we question what Usyk sees in the ring?
And will he have any surprises for Chisora on May 23?