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Anthony Joshua: Derek Chisora will give Oleksandr Usyk problems

Joshua shares his thoughts on an upcoming heavyweight bout.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

With former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KOs) set to take on the rugged Derck Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) in his next heavyweight outing, unified champion Anthony Joshua thinks Chisora will present some real physical challenges to the highly-regarded Ukrainian.

From Sky Sports:

“The Chisora from the two fights against Dillian will give Usyk problems. I watched the Chisora versus Price fight - I thought: ‘why isn’t Price controlling Chisora?’ Then I sparred Chisora. The guy is strong, you know. He is no joke. And I give Dillian credit for dealing with him twice. To control Chisora over 12 or 11 rounds takes some doing.”

Chisora, 36, has won three straight fights, two of them by stoppage, since getting starched by Dillian Whyte in their late 2018 rematch. He most recently knocked out David Price last October. Meanwhile Usyk scored a stoppage win over Chazz Witherspoon last October as well, despite showing the potential for having reached his physical limits at heavyweight.

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