Expert Predictions: Usyk v Chisora

As we head into a huge weekend of fights, few are more anticipated than the gargantuan heavyweight clash between slick Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk and heavyweight war horse Derek Chisora. 

Ahead of Saturday night's PPV card SimBoxx asked some of boxing's biggest stars and most knowledgeable insiders what they think of this fascinating matchup. 

Callum Johnson - Top Light Heavyweight Contender 

“I think Usyk will win but I’m expecting Chisora to really test him and make him work very hard for the win.  I wouldn’t bet too much on it as I ain’t that confident. Chisora is a big strong lump but I do think Usyk’s skills will see him to the win.”

Lucas Browne - Former WBA Heavyweight Champion 

“Basically from my point of view it's a good fight to watch and see if Usyk can handle being in the heavyweight division. I think it's going to be Usyk by a decision in the end but I hope Chisora rocks him a few times and shows him what heavyweight is about!”

Fabio Wardley - English Heavyweight Champion and former Usyk sparring partner. 

“Chisora will come out firing for 4-6 rounds but Usyk will eventually nullify him and box him to death. It’s like we’ve seen in the past, Chisora will get bored of that sort of fight and just switch off.” 

Troy Williamson - European Junior-Middleweight Champion 

“Really hope Chisora pulls it off. Big fan of his. Usyk is the favourite but I'm going with my heart over my  head and going Chisora”

Jazza Dickens - Featherweight Contender 

“Usyk is a special fighter. I pick Usyk although I hope I’m wrong” 

Denzel Bentley - British Title Challenger

“I’ve got Usyk winning on points but it’ll be tough at first then I feel like Chisora will mentally give up after a few rounds because Usyk will be too elusive for him” 

Carl Greaves - Trainer, Manager, Promoter and Former Super Featherweight Contender

“Style wise Chisora is the perfect opponent for Usyk to look very good against. Chisora is big and powerful and he's definitely got a puncher's chance but I think Usyk will be too fast and agile so I'm predicting a wide points win for Usyk.”

Mark DeMori - Former Heavyweight Contender

“I think Usyk will have the movement to trouble Chisora and take a clear points decision. Senad gashi gave Chisora problems with footwork and I believe Usyk will keep Chisora off balance all night.”

‘Dangerous’ Dan Catlin - Undefeated Prospect

“My prediction is a late on stoppage from Usyk, it will be interesting to see how he carries his power against a big heavyweight but I believe his creativity and sustained pressure will ultimately be too much for Chisora forcing a Ref stoppage or Chisoras corner to throw in the towel.” 

Dorian Darch - Heavyweight 

“My heart is with Chisora but head with Usyk getting a stoppage rounds 9 to 12”

Bradley Rea - Undefeated Prospect

“I’m going for an Usyk 12 round masterclass I think. I would love for Chisora to do it and as we know you can never write him off but just think this is a step too far and Usyk will show is how good he really is. The heavyweight division will definitely be shaken up after this Saturday.”

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