Oleksandr Usyk overcame Derek Chisora on points after weathering an early storm from War to claim a dominating victory at Wembley. It sets up a potential title fight with Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian won the favour of the judges unanimously, 117-112, 115-113, 115-113. Immediately after the fight he told Joshua he wanted to take his belts.
Usyk left Wembley knowing he had fought one of the toughest boxers of his career after beating Chisora on points.
The judges delivered a unanimous verdict, scoring Usyk 117-112, 115-113, 115-113.
It means the Ukraine national will be one of the mandatory challengers for one of Joshua’s belts.
And as the result was read out, Usyk roared over to AJ – who was watching on – who shouted back that he was coming for him.
But Del Boy, who came into the match three stone heavier than his opponent, came flying out of the blocks.
And he did some serious damage to the 33-year-old and eyebrows were certainly raised that a potential upset was on the cards.
But Usyk weathered the early storm, utilising some fine footwork to dodge some hefty blows while returning good hands himself.
By the fourth round, Chisora’s blitz tactics started to unravel and Usyk could assert himself and by round seven the Ukrainian had earned himself a sturdy lead.
“We gave him that round, but we’re not going to give him any more,” War’s corner could be heard saying after the eighth but he could not stop the momentum Usyk had gathered.
Chisora huffed and puffed but his opponent looked a cut above, unrelenting and composed – and barely breaking a sweat.
By the end of the fight, Usyk looked like he could have gone another 12 rounds but it was an education on what the heavyweight division is all about, compared to cruiserweight.
There will be sterner tests for the Simferopol-born star, who may have to rely more on his boxing IQ than his punching power.
But no-one can call him unambitious after declaring after the fight that he was gunning for all the belts in the heavyweight division, currently occupied by Joshua and Fury.
After going 18-0, he said: “It’s a real test in heavyweight. Chisora a big guy, a hard guy.
“I was expecting a fight like that, I was expecting a tougher fight. Three [out of 10 for his performance].
“My plan is to go to my home, maximum time with my family. Training and improving myself.
“Not just world champion, the undisputed world champion [is my aim].”
As for Chisora, this could be a detrimental defeat for Del Boy – who has now lost 10 bouts – and was likely his last shot at a world title.
“I feel great. I was pushing the pace,” he said. “I’m just disappointed with the result, gutted.
“To everybody who can’t make it [to the fight], I’m gutted for everybody.
“In the heavyweight game, you have to fight not box. I gave a couple of rounds away.”