Derek Chisora changes his prediction for Fury vs Usyk having fought both men
DEREK CHISORA has rowed back on his previous claim that Tyson Fury will beat Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury, 35, and Usyk, 36, will face off in Saudi Arabia on February 17 as they bid to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Chisora, 39, has shared the ring with both men – losing to Fury in 2011 and 2014, before Usyk beat him in 2020.
He then faced Fury for a third time last year and was stopped in the 10th round.
When asked in the past about a Fury-Usyk clash, he said: “Tyson [to win]. He’s the bigger guy, longer reach. Just Tyson.
“This is like a man taking candy out a baby’s hand bro. Tyson’s gonna win. He’s gonna walk through that guy. That’s it.”
But now, following Fury’s thoroughly unconvincing win over Francis Ngannou last month, Chisora is unsure.
Speaking to iFL TV, he said: “I don’t know. I was with Usyk this afternoon because we love the same Russian sauna so we were together.
“It’s a short camp for both fighters. By the time they get into the rhythm and try and get everything right its going to be hard, there’s going to be injuries.
“There’s already signs, they already postponed it. Both men will train hard, so who knows man. It’s hard to call.”
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He went on to add: “Tyson has to gee himself up now. His last fight was not a good fight man but he won, he won that fight, simple.
“I said he was going to get knocked down and come back and win the fight. I think that burst some of his bubble.
“Sometimes you can have a bad day but in boxing, you can’t have a bad day and win the fight.”
Fury will get a hefty payday from the fight as he is set to earn £50million.
However, there is also a clause in the deal for a rematch which would see The Gypsy King pocket another £50m.
Usyk goes into the fight undefeated having won all 21 of his pro fights.
Fury also boasts an unbeaten record from 34 bouts, but has one draw which came against Deontay Wilder in 2018.
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