2020 Oct 31

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Dereck Chisora

12 rounds, heavyweights

Oleksandr Usyk will face Dereck Chisora in his first real test at heavyweight. Usyk looks confident and well prepared as usual and Chisora seems motivated for this fight as he knows that it would be incredible if he was to beat Usyk. No one is expecting Chisora to win and neither are we. Usyk is very good and although Chisora can be dangerous at times, knocking out certain types of opponents, Usyk is not the type that Chisora will be able to get to. Oleksandr Usyk starts all his fights in the same manner and that is to take no risks at all. He doesn´t engage much and does not take any risks while he is assessing his opponent. That takes a few rounds usually. Once that happens he starts pressing forward more and more. After the half stage of the fights he is usually in control of what is going on inside the ring. You will not see Usyk knocking guys out in the first three rounds because of the reasons we just mentioned. Chisora is very strong and powerful and can be dangerous if given the chance. (sign in to view our prediction & pick)

Usyk will start by calculating his way around the ring and countering Chisora without engaging too much. After the midway point Usyk will be upping the tempo as usual and will really put Chisora under a lot of pressure. If Chisora gets tired and finds himself having trouble with keeping Usyk´s pace it will be very likely he gets stopped in rounds 9-12. If he manages to go the distance, Usyk will win a clear decision. So the Pick is Usyk to win this fight either by Decision or a stoppage in rounds 9-12.

The Pick: Oleksandr Usyk to win by Decision
Odds: +137 (2.37 decimal odds)
Units: 10
Start time: 6pm ET / 3pm PT