Derek Chisora made a passionate appeal for a ‘fair referee’ as he wants to be allowed to enforce his aggressive tactics on Oleksandr Usyk.
The British heavyweight battles Usyk on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Chisora was quick to raise concerns at the final press conference that he could be prevented from sharing a brutal battle with the Ukrainian.
Chisora, who was docked two points during his last defeat – a knockout loss to Dillian Whyte – said: “He is going to try to box. I can’t box. It’s going to be a shoot-out. When I hit him, he’ll be hit, there is nowhere for him to hide.
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“I need a fair referee, and fair judges, that’s all I’m asking.
“They took points off me and I thought I was behind and I lost my shape, and my fight. Just be fair.
“I don’t want to be dancing in the ring, like wrestling, I want both of us to work. I want the fans to enjoy this fight, that’s what I want.
“I have to just keep moving my head, keeping my hands up, and just keep marching forward. He will try to wrong-foot me, as all southpaws do, but we’re ready for that. It’s going to be a big surprise when we’re in the ring.”
Usyk insists he is fully aware of Chisora’s spiteful intentions, and the former undisputed cruiserweight champion is supremely confident that he can answer doubts about his ability to triumph in the top division.
“There will be no war. I bring peace – pure, clean boxing,” said Usyk.
“He will definitely want to hurt me badly but I won’t stand in front of him.
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“I don’t know why everyone is talking about a test at heavyweight because, all of my life, I have been tested by heavyweights.
“In the World Series of Boxing I was a heavyweight – people wanted to hurt me but didn’t manage to.”
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