Derek Chisora has backed his British heavyweight counterpart to continue with his plans to rematch Usyk, praising his ability to entertain a huge crowd in the UK
Derek Chisora has dismissed any chance of Anthony Joshua skipping his rematch against Oleksandr Usyk and backed him to attract another sell-out crowd.
‘AJ’ was outboxed by the tricky Ukrainian during his mandatory defence in September as he lost his world titles in dramatic fashion.
He will now have the chance to avenge his seond career defeat after officially activating his rematch clause with talks set to begin in the coming weeks.
Joshua has faced calls from Tyson Fury’s promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren to step aside and allow their man to fight Usyk.
But Chisora has backed Joshua’s decision to accept a second meeting and has pointed out the lack of opposition if Joshua was to opt to take any step-aside offer.
“If you don’t take it, where does he go?” Chisora said. “Who does he fight, Deontay Wilder? The boxing game is only making money now because AJ is in it.
“People were not in love with boxing when Wladimir Klitschko was in it. AJ brought the glamour. When was the last time someone sold out Cardiff, Wembley, Tottenham?
“The guy came in, he’s done an amazing job, given a great show and the day he loses he shouldn’t take the rematch? He just had a bad day in the office. Why should he not take the rematch?
“When he lost the fight in New York people were saying ‘don’t take the rematch’ and slating him but look at what happened in Saudi Arabia he won it.
“Everyone was saying he was back and it was great boxing so I don’t see why he shouldn’t take the rematch.”
Chisora is now managed by the two-time heavyweight champion after he signed on the dotted line to be guided by Joshua’s management label 258MGT.
And he will be searching for redemption of his own by challenging Joseph Parker for the second time after losing on a narrow split decision earlier this year.
Joshua has fought Parker himself during the undefeated period of his career before suffering a shock defeat to Andy Ruiz.
He overturned the loss six months later in a mega-money fight held in Saudi Arabia with a comfortable points victory.
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Now he must try to execute a similar revenge mission, and is looking to employ a new coach to his team to offer new guidance ahead of the most vital challenge in his career.
A former opponent of Usyk, Michael Hunter has backed Joshua to avenge his defeat but has admitted that the 32-year-old is struggling with the basic “laws” of boxing.
“To go out there and try and box a pure boxer was not the best move for him, but I think he can improve in the next fight,” Hunter told Sky Sports.
“It’s funny, because when he was doing his rounds, I was like, ‘I wish he could just take a trip over right where I’m at right now.’ I wish I could be his trainer.
“I just think that I would be able to teach him a lot of different things, or show him a lot of different things, because he’s a fighter obviously but I feel like he doesn’t really know the laws of fighting.
“He knows the rules, but I feel like he doesn’t know how to apply the laws of fighting.”