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Usyk vs Chisora: Pros react to Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Derek Chisora

Oleksandr Usyk scored a solid win over Derek Chisora, but did he impress fellow pros?

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk scored a second win at heavyweight, beating Derek Chisora by decision today in London, which may well set up a shot at Anthony Joshua in his next fight, provided Joshua beats Kubrat Pulev in December.

Usyk (18-0, 13 KO) did some damage on Chisora (32-10, 23 KO), and showed he does have some heavyweight power if not big heavyweight power, but mostly it’s his boxing skill being praised once again, and with good reason. The 33-year-old Ukrainian survived a big attempt at a fast start or even early knockout from the 36-year-old Chisora, and chipped away at the much heavier man throughout, hurting Chisora a couple times late in rounds but never having him quite close to out or anything.

Will Usyk be able to handle even bigger, better opponents at heavyweight? That’s an open question, and it’s one many still have on their minds, including some of the pros who watched today’s fight:

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