Derek Chisora is hoping to offer Oleksandr Usyk’s heavyweight goals a fright when the pair meet on Halloween subsequent weekend.
Horrible wordplay apart, this would be the Ukrainian’s first heavyweight check since defeating little identified Chazz Witherspoon on his first outing up from cruiserweight final 12 months.
After all, Usyk was the unified cruiserweight champion and he left that division behind after beating and retiring Tony Bellew in 2018.
Chisora, 36, has been in there with the perfect however it appeared like his profession was winding down simply a few years in the past.
After teaming up with David Haye, Chisora has seen a resurgence and nice wins over Artur Szpilka and David Worth have landed him the chance to face WBO necessary challenger, Usyk.
Former super-middleweight nice Carl Froch appeared on talkSPORT with Jim White and Simon Jordan on Thursday and believes Chisora’s file suggests he will probably be no match for Usyk.
“It’s tough to evaluate how Usyk will probably be at heavyweight as a result of he hasn’t been there lengthy. However such a high quality cruiserweight, it’s laborious to jot down him off in opposition to any fighter in any division,” Froch began.
“We have to know what Usyk goes to be like underneath stress from a correct heavyweight, somebody with measurement and power. Chisora has losses in opposition to [Dillian] Whyte, [Tyson] Fury, [Kubrat] Pulev, [David] Haye and [Vitali] Klitschko and also you’ve acquired to say – I don’t need to give him any stick or disrespect or something – however Chisora doesn’t belong with the massive boys at heavyweight, does he?
“He’s confirmed he can’t compete with these prime, prime lads as a result of he will get crushed each time he steps up in that sense.
“Usyk must not solely beat Chisora, however he must do it in type and make an announcement.”
This will probably be Usyk’s sternest check since stepping up in weight and Froch referenced Evander Holyfield when speaking about how tough it may be to make the transfer up.
“It took Evander Holyfield a few years to develop into heavyweight. Has Usyk acquired time to try this at 33 years previous?
“He seemed flawless at cruiserweight and among the finest that division has ever seen. Chisora goes to be the true check as a result of he’s a real heavyweight.
“I battle to discover a win for Chisora right here aside from a knockout which you’ll’t rule out, however Usyk ought to comprehensively outbox him,” Froch concluded.