Dereck Chisora headlines the third Matchroom Event against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in order to become the mandatory challenger for the AJ’s WBO heavyweight title. Giulio Magliano previews the bout for the heavyweight from Finchley and provides his predictions for the card.
What Event is this?
Matchroom Boxing: Dereck Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk
Where is the venue located?
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London
How many bouts are going to be on the undercard?
Super Middleweight: Savannah Marshall vs Hannah Rankin
Lightweight: Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr
Heavyweight: Dave Allen vs Christian Hammer
Cruiserweight: Tommy McCarthy vs Bilal Laggoune
Super Bantamweight: Amy Timlin vs Carly Skelly
What time will the event take place?
19:00 GMT on Saturday 31st October 2020
Where can you watch it?
Sky Sports Arena (from 19:00) / Sky Sports Main Event (from 20:15)
Matchroom Main Event – Oleksandr Usyk (Ukraine) vs Dereck Chisora (UK)
Oleksandr Usyk (17-0)
Oleksandr “the cat” Usyk has been described as the best cruiserweight since Evander Holyfield. Having won the undisputed cruiserweight championship and the Muhammad Ali trophy back in 2018, many included him in the top-10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world. He later declared that he will move to Heavyweight and win a world title from there, but many experts consider him skillful enough for certain heavyweights, but too small for the elite fighters.
His last fight against Chazz Witherspoon at heavyweight was ought to be a straightforward job, but Usyk looked troubled on a couple occasions and afraid of his power. Now he will challenge a top 10 heavyweight from the UK that possesses extreme amounts of power with the ability to cause the upset against Usyk and become the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua.
- Nationality: Ukranian
- Born: Simferopol
- Height: 6’3
- Reach: 78’
- Total Fights: 17
- Record: 17-0 (13 KO’s)
Dereck Chisora (32-9)
Dereck “War” Chisora challenges for the world title one last time in his career. He hasn’t been on the big stage for quite some time, but ever since he knocked out Carlos Takam in 2018 and signing up with David Haye, he lit up the fire and go through opponents one after the other.
Many people are confident that Usyk will outbox the brit and win by decision, but Chisora is a handful for anybody and is one of the toughest heavyweights out there. In heavyweight boxing, upsets happen, and the outcome of Chisora winning by knockout seems workable.
- Nationality: British
- Born: Harare (Zimbabwe)
- Height: 6’2
- Reach: 74’
- Total Fights: 41
- Record: 32-9 (23 KO’s)
Matchroom Boxing Remaining Undercard Fights
Savannah Marshall (UK) vs Hannah Rankin (UK)
Savannah Marshall will challenge Hannah Rankin for the vacant WBO middleweight title. 30-year-old Scot Hannah Rankin is a very tough opponent, having challenged undisputed champion Claressa Shields, but the undefeated Marshall should be too much for her to secure the middleweight title. Of her eight bouts, Marshall has secured six stoppages, with her last bout against Ashleigh Curry a year ago.
Lee Selby (UK) vs George Kambosos Jr (Australia)
The experienced Welshman Lee Selby will challenge George Kambosos jr. in a final eliminator to fight undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez. Lee Selby was the former IBF featherweight champion who lost his title against Josh Warrington.
Now he has the chance to challenge for the unified title at a different weight class, but Kambosos Jr is a lively boxer who is undefeated and finally can display his skill set on the big stage.
Dave Allen (UK) vs Christopher Lovejoy (USA)
Dave Allen will challenge Christopher Lovejoy, who is an undefeated American who is ranked 15th in the WBA rankings. This is one of the few fights which could be a toss-up because few people know how good Lovejoy is.
Tommy McCarthy (UK) vs Bilal Laggoune (Belgium)
Tommy McCarthy will challenge Bilal Laggoune for the vacant European Cruiserweight title.
Amy Timlin (UK) vs Carly Skelly (UK)
Another women’s boxing fight between Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly for the vacant super-bantamweight title. This is again another toss up where it could go either way.
Giulio’s Betting Tips
Savannah Marshall has been training for months to finally get back into the ring and secure the title. She feels she rattled Rankin in the press conference. I think with Savannah’s Olympic background will help her to win against Hannah Rankin by unanimous decision.
Many experts outside the UK believe that Usyk will give Chisora a Boxing lesson, but we have seen a complete transformation of Chisora’s form since he merged with David Haye. His only loss was against top-5 heavyweight Dillian Whyte, where Chisora was winning most of the rounds until, he got knocked out in the 11th round. I think this is a much tougher task for Usyk than people think as Chisora could knock him out with one punch. I still believe Usyk will win by decision, but in the heavyweight division, anything can happen.
Tommy McCarthy has built himself a three-fight win streak after a defeat to Richard Riakporhe in March 2019. Back-to-back wins in Italy saw McCarthy earn a split decision win over the undefeated Fabio Turchi I believe the 29-year-old from Belfast will KO Laggoune between rounds six and eight.
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