Usyk rips into Fury for Chisora fight and claims Brit is scared

Tyson Fury and Derek Chisora face off ahead of trilogy bout

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Oleksandr Usyk has torn into Tyson Fury for choosing to face Derek Chisora for a third time. Fury convincingly beat Chisora in their previous two encounters back in 2011 and 2014 but is scheduled to face him again on December 3.

The Gypsy King had been in talks to square off against Usyk at the back end of the year. However, the Ukrainian ruled himself out of competition until early 2023 as he recovers from his last fight with Anthony Joshua.

As a result, AJ got the call to step up for December. Positive early talks built hope among boxing fans, but communication dropped after neither side was able to reach an agreement on a marked-up contract. Chisora was then brought in much to the dismay of many fans and fighters alike.

“At this time, at this moment, it makes me laugh about it,” Usyk said during the ESPN broadcast of his friend and training partner Vasiliy Lomachenko’s last fight against Jamaine Ortiz.

“Why is he doing this? … I think we already agreed with him to fight and now he’s running and saying that I don’t want to fight him … I know that [he’s scared of me.]

“He’s dangerous. He’s big. He’s a giant. He’s very smart. He knows what to do in the ring. I want to fight with him, and we need to unify all of the titles.”

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Defending the fight during their launch press conference last month, Fury said: “You’ve got so-called top guys in the division – big fights but no smoke. I offer it to Derek Chisora, boom, he’s sat here opposite me. The man’s got balls. Today there’s a big lack of balls. Chisora goes to war and we’re going to get a war.

“He’s changed his name from Delboy to War and we’re gonna get a war. I did outbox him comfortably the second time, but Chisora’s style has changed and, guess what, so has mine! I used to be a tippy-tappy boxer on the back foot, jibby jabbing around the ring. Now I am the HMS Destroyer.”

He added: “I will train as hard for Derek as I would for any man in the world. I will not underestimate Derek. I prepare correct and I prepare hard. But I will do what [Kubrat] Pulev, Usyk and [Joseph] Parker couldn’t do. I will knock him out.”

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