David Haye has warned Oleksandr Usyk that he will have to perform significantly better against Anthony Joshua than he did against Derek Chisora if he has any hope of winning the WBO world heavyweight title. Usyk became mandatory for one of Joshua’s three major belts by beating Chisora on points on Saturday night.
Usyk defeated Chisora in a comfortable points victory at Wembley Arena on Saturday to become the mandatory challenger for the WBO belt.
The Ukrainian admitted after the fight that he had fought poorly, and rated his performance a three out of ten.
He started slowly, as he often does, and allowed ‘Del Boy’ to have some success in the early rounds as the Brit launched a ferocious attack.
But as the fight wore on, Usyk grew more comfortable with the range and size of the bigger man and stamped his authority on the bout.
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The former unified cruiserweight king had no trouble with slipping punches and landing some quickfire combinations on Chisora’s chin.
In the end, his superior boxing ability was enough to see him through the fight and earn him the win, which was his second at heavyweight.
Usyk is now mandatory to fight for Joshua’s WBO belt, which will be put on the line when ‘AJ’ faces Kubrat Pulev next month.
But former heavyweight champion Haye – who manages Chisora – believes the Ukrainian will have to put in a much better performance to trouble Joshua or Tyson Fury.
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“I think he’ll have to do something significantly better,” he told iFL TV.
“Usyk’s manager had the fight a draw.
“If you’re looking at beating the likes of Fury and AJ, that shouldn’t have been the result.
“If you’re the best in the world, that shouldn’t have been such a tight, close fight.”
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Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Joshua and Usyk, also spoke to iFL TV and gave an update on the mandatory situation.
Should Joshua come through Pulev with a win, his intention is to put his WBO, IBF and WBA belts up against WBC king Fury. However, if that isn’t allowed by the WBO, he could be forced to drop the belt.
Hearn said: “Maybe,” when asked about the chances of having to vacate the belt he won back from Andy Ruiz last December.
He continued: “Look, if we can’t make the Fury fight – and I don’t see that situation happening [where the fight doesn’t happen] – AJ will fight Usyk.
“A lot of people are out there saying AJ and Fury won’t be worried about Usyk… he’s a f****** brilliant fighter. Don’t worry about that. Styles make fights.
“AJ believes he knocks Usyk out, I’m sure Fury feels the same.
“Look, AJ all he wants to do is beat Pulev and fight Tyson Fury.
“If that doesn’t happen, he’ll fight Usyk no problem.”
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