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Derek Chisora eyeing Joe Joyce, wants four fights in 2021

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Chisora lost a competitive decision to Oleksandr Usyk in October.

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Derek Chisora is taking his latest defeat in stride. Manager David Haye tells Sky Sports that “Del Boy” has big plans for next year, including a clash with Joe Joyce as one of four fights.

“Possibly Joe Joyce. Joe Joyce looked great the other night against Daniel Dubois. I’m sure Joyce’s team would be salivating at that opportunity. That’s a great fight out there. ... (Chisora) wants to fight four times in 2021. He just wants to get going as quickly as possible, and he doesn’t care who he fights. As long as they are big fights, meaningful fights, he’s good to go.”

As optimistic as that sounds, it’s actually not totally out of the question, and largely boils down to Anthony Joshua’s next move. The WBO recently insisted that “AJ” fulfill his mandatory obligation against Oleksandr Usyk, having allowed exceptions for the fights with Andy Ruiz Jr and Kubrat Pulev. If Joshua elects to drop the belt in favor of facing Tyson Fury, that leaves No. 1 Usyk and No. 2 Joyce (12-0, 11 KO) to duke it out for the vacant title. If he instead fights Usyk, Joyce has to wait for both Joshua-Usyk and Joshua-Fury before getting a title shot.

Chisora (32-10, 23 KO) would be a solid option to fill the void; he’s a big enough name to draw interest while also being a favorable style matchup. I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing it.