- Dereck Chisora recently beat David Price and is lining up Oleksander Usyk
- Usyk is undefeated as professional and recently made his heavyweight debut
- He is promoted by Eddie Hearn and they are in talks with David Haye over fight
- Haye revealed: ‘We’ve spoken about doing it in February at the 02 Arena’
David Haye (right) promotes Dereck Chisora (left) and is in talks over the Oleksandr Usyk fight
Usyk (left) successfully made his heavyweight debut against Chazz Witherspoon in October
Chisora recently dispatched David Price and Usyk would be one of his biggest fights yet
Chisora will have to up his game and produce something like never before, says Haye
Usyk wants to test himself with an established heavyweight to see if he can reach the top
David Haye has revealed that discussions are taking place for Dereck Chisora to face Oleksandr Usyk in a February blockbuster at the 02 Arena.
Chisora has publicly expressed his intentions to face Usyk on several occasions recently and the two camps are in contact and hopeful of reaching an agreement.
The British heavyweight has breathed new life into his career over the past 18 months with conclusive knockout victories over Carlos Takam, Artur Szpilka and David Price, and is now aiming to move back in contention for a world title by taking on the unbeaten Usyk.
The Ukrainian gold medallist, who made the decision to step up to heavyweight earlier this year after capturing every major belt in the cruiserweight division, is promoted by Eddie Hearn and is keen on the idea of facing Chisora next.
‘I’ve been talking to Eddie Hearn this week. It’s a fight we both like and Usyk’s people like it as well,’ Haye told Sportsmail. ‘We are looking to make the fight happen as soon as possible.’
Haye expects talks to be swift and is confident the fight can be made without any hitches. ‘This fight is so easy to make,’ he said. ‘Negotiations will be very straightforward. There are no stumbling blocks, there’s no promotional ties with rival networks, there’s no issues whatsoever. The fighters want it and both promoters want it.
‘We’ve had some good talks with Eddie already. We’ve spoke about doing it in February at the 02, that for everyone really is the ideal location. Dereck Chisora’s last few fights have taken place in that arena and he’s got a great track record there.
‘On the other side, Usyk has had one fight there and had great success against Tony Bellew in what was one of his career-best performances. So, it makes perfect sense.’
Usyk, who made a successful debut at heavyweight last month by stopping Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds, is currently the mandatory challenger for the WBO world title, but has made it clear he is willing to compromise that position to fight Chisora.
The ideal scenario for Chisora would be for Anthony Joshua or Andy Ruiz to relinquish the WBO belt in a bid to free themselves up to secure mega-fights against either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.
‘Dereck wants to fight for a world title next year. If we can make this fight happen, and the WBO belt is vacated, it is likely the belt will be on the line for this fight,’ Haye added.
‘Dereck is ready to fight Usyk with or without a title being on the line, though 100 per cent. If he beats him then he is mandatory and will fight for a world title next.’
Although Haye was unimpressed with Usyk’s last performance, the former heavyweight champion recognises that Chisora would be a huge underdog against the Ukrainian.
‘People will believe that he will be outpointed, bamboozled by the Olympic gold medallist, a lot of people have him in their top 10 pound-for-pound fighters,’ he said.
‘Dereck Chisora will have to put forth a performance he has never done before, he will have to raise his game, raise the bar in terms of skillset, in terms of conditioning, punch output, he needs to do something he’s never done before and I know he can do it.
‘Usyk has been the best cruiserweight in the last few years, but whether or not he can transfer that work up at heavyweight remains to be seen. He fought Witherspoon who was a fringe level fighter at best 10 years ago. He’s a car salesman really and he took the fight on four days’ notice and took him seven rounds.
‘Usyk needs that big test at heavyweight to see if he can do it in this division and the fact he wants that to be against Chisora is music to Dereck’s ears and music to my ears. I believe Dereck beats him and beats him by knockout.