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Boxing News of Friday, 17 June 2022


Anthony Joshua can’t afford to lose on points – Chisora

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British Heavyweight boxer Derek Chisora has claimed that it would be better for Anthony Joshua to lose to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in a knockout rather than a points decision.

The duo look set to lock horns once more in Saudi Arabia after a date of August 20 was confirmed for the rematch.

Joshua lost his three world titles in surprising fashion when he was comfortably beaten in 12 rounds by Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.

Chisora thinks that Watford-born Joshua must risk being knocked out if he is going to come away from the bout with no regrets.

“Let me tell you something, if AJ gets knocked out it’s good for him,” Chisora told IFL TV.

“If he loses on points, it’s bad for him. If he loses on points, he’s going to kick himself for the next 20 years. If he gets knocked out, he gets knocked out. You can’t do anything if you get knocked out in the fifth round.”

In order to demonstrate his point, Chisora used the example of his second fight with Dillian Whyte.

Competitive over 11 rounds in their 2018 showdown, the former British heavyweight champion was eventually knocked out by his fellow Brit, ending the match.

“When I got knocked out in my last fight by Dillian I didn’t complain. Did you hear me complain? No.’ Chisora said.

Despite his claims, ‘Del boy’ doesn’t think that Usyk will have enough to knockout his British opponent, and says that the shorter the fight, the more it favours Joshua.

“In boxing, if you get knocked out it’s a better way for you to go out but I don’t think (that’s how Usyk will win). Usyk can only knock AJ out in the later rounds but in the first eight he won’t knock him out. AJ will knock him out,’ he said.

The rematch between Joshua and Usyk was delayed due to the Ukranian’s return to his home country after it was invaded by Russia.