Oleksandr Usyk has promised 'pure boxing' in Derek Chisora fight
‘There will be no war, I brought peace’: Oleksandr Usyk promises ‘pure boxing’ in Saturday’s heavyweight clash with Derek Chisora… with the winner at Wembley facing Anthony Joshua next
- Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora will fight on Saturday at Wembley Arena
- Usyk wrote down ‘maths equations’ during Wednesday’s final press conference
- Chisora claimed he was not fazed by the jibe and promised a ‘war’ on Saturday
- The Ukrainian responded by saying he will bring ‘peace’ and ‘pure boxing’
Oleksandr Usyk came armed with a hurley and sliotar before responding to Derek Chisora’s declaration of war by warning his heavyweight rival: ‘I brought peace, it will be pure boxing’.
Usyk and Chisora met for their final press conference on Wednesday ahead of their clash on Saturday night, with a shot at WBO champion Anthony Joshua awaiting the winner at Wembley Arena.
The Ukrainian arrived with his new hurling kit – a gift from a young fan in Belfast – and then jotted numbers on a notepad while his opponent promised ‘violence’.
Oleksandr Usyk (above) has promised ‘pure boxing’ in Saturday’s clash with Derek Chisora
Usyk(left) takes on the British boxer (right) at London’s Wembley Arena this weekend
Usyk claimed: ‘My team set me mathematical equations during the week to do for training. I didn’t finish one of them and I thought this was the perfect time to do it.’
Chisora then replied: ‘I’ve no idea (what he’s doing). It doesn’t bother me, it doesn’t faze me. No idea. It’s a fight, we are in a fight.
‘I’m going to bring everything I have – it’s going to be a shootout.’
‘People are telling me I’m holding the golden keys to the pearly gates (to heavyweight riches),’ he joked before channelling his inner-Gandalf. ‘You shall not pass!’ he told Usyk.
Chisora demanded that there be a ‘fair referee and fair judges’ in this weekend’s clash
Chisora then turned his attention to promoter Eddie Hearn: ‘All I’m asking from you Eddie is a fair referee and fair judges… I get Oleksandr is your boy, you sold your soul to Ukraine, you forgot your boys in Britain but it’s okay I have to prove myself again.’
The brilliant Usyk – an Olympic gold medallist and former undisputed cruiserweight champion – is a heavy favourite to maintain his position as WBO mandatory challenger.
But he has fought only once at heavyweight in the professional game.
Chisora (right) demanded a war but Usyk (left) has claimed he will bring peace to the fight
‘There will be no war, I brought peace. It will be pure boxing,’ he told Chisora.
‘He will definitely want to hurt me badly but I will not stand in front of him to let me do that.’
When asked whether he has power to hurt heavyweights, the Ukrainian added: ‘Ask Tony Bellew… I’m really glad everyone thinks I have no punch and it’s easy to beat me.’
The winner of Saturday’s fight will have the chance to take on WBO champion Anthony Joshua
Usyk has already beaten a Briton recently in Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena in 2018
Usyk knocked out Bellew, who was standing across the room on Wednesday, when they met in November 2018.
The colourful press conference ended with Usyk and Chisora arguing over which animal is the king of the jungle.
After Chisora insisted it was the elephant, rather than the lion, Usyk said: ‘The elephant is the friend of the mouse.’
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