‘If there’s ever a chance for him to get a world title shot, it’s off the back of this’: David Haye claims Derek Chisora could be next in line to fight Anthony Joshua if he beats Oleksandr Usyk this weekend
- David Haye is driving the case for Derek Chisora to face Anthony Joshua
- Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger but Chisora faces him on Saturday
- Haye, who now trains his old foe Chisora, says whoever wins should face Joshua
- Chisora, 36, is the underdog and Haye says he must be given the opportunity
Haye is strongly driving the cause for Chisora to go up against Joshua and be handed the opportunity to leapfrog Ukrainian powerhouse Usyk in doing so.
Usyk, 33, has been patiently waiting to face AJ as his mandatory challenger having unified at cruiserweight and stepping up to heavyweight, but now Haye feels Chisora will have earned the right given he is a huge underdog heading into Saturday’s Wembley showdown.
Calls are being made for Derek Chisora to become Joshua’s mandatory if he wins at Wembley
David Haye, who trains Chisora, feels the fight will be earned and hopes for ‘common sense’
Speaking this week to iFL TV Haye, who now trains the 36-year-old Chisora, said:
‘I’ll find out this week. I’ve written a letter to Paco [Valcarcel], the president of the WBO, stating that Derek should be, by beating the mandatory [Usyk], he should become mandatory himself.
‘There’s only so many times he can go to the well. If there’s ever a chance for him to get a world title shot, it’s off the back of this victory.
‘We believe common sense will prevail and that the WBO, a great organization that Derek has worked closely with for many years, this is his opportunity.
Joshua is set to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF world titles against Kubrat Pulev in December
‘This is something on the sidelines.’
Chisora first made a world title shot in 2012 when he fell to a points defeat against Vitali Klitschko.
He has lost nine times in his career, including twice to Tyson Fury and once to his now trainer Haye.
Meanwhile Usyk is already looking past his fight with Chisora, envisioning a win that will set him up with bouts against both Joshua and Fury and then even catapult him towards a career in Hollywood.
Usyk plans to dominate the heavyweight division, before resuming a fledgling acting career and take his place alongside the biggest names in film.
Ukrainian powerhouse Usyk has already started thinking beyond his fight with Chisora
‘As long as I am motivated to get up at 5am to train and work hard, I will box,’ Usyk told Sportsmail.
‘The moment I feel I don’t want to get out of bed, I will start thinking about finishing my boxing career and starting on my Hollywood movie career.’
Usyk has made cameos in a few movies back in Ukraine and has even taken acting lessons. In 2017, ahead of his fight with Marco Huck in Germany, the 33-year-old was approached by Sylvester Stallone who wanted to cast him in the latest Rocky spin-off, Creed II.