David Haye believes that Dereck Chisora’s chances of beating Oleksandr Usyk have significantly risen due to the delay. The fight, originally scheduled for May, will go ahead on October 31 behind closed doors somewhere in the UK. And Haye, Chisora’s manager, and a former opponent says the Londoner has been working hard improving his ability against southpaws all summer.
I believe his chances of winning on October 31 are significantly higher than earlier in the year because he has spent every day, effectively, focusing on a tricky southpaw Haye told Sky Sports News. In his fight with, he wasn’t quite there. You saw the improvement against Artur Szpilka. Who was much more effective with his counter-punching but that was unable to affect Dereck.
Haye admits that Usyk, the former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, is a worthy favorite on paper, but says funny things happen in the heavyweight division, pointing to Alexander Povetkin’s knockout win over Dillian Whyte last month. If you look at his record, what he has done as an amateur, world champion, Olympic gold medallist, undisputed, never lost, he has won every single belt there is to win, Haye said of the Ukrainian.
But what Usyk doesn’t understand is that the heavyweight division is very different from every other division in boxing. It’s about the size, it’s about weight and, ask Povetkin, it takes one shot to turn the tide. Anything can happen in the heavyweight division. The gaps he used are getting filled in. He is going to cause an upset and he is going to shock so many people because he has dedicated his life to it.