DEREK CHISORA has dismissed his earlier claim that Tyson Fury will beat Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury, 35, and Usyk, 36, will face off on February 17 in Saudi Arabia in a bid to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
Chisora, 39, has shared the ring with both men – losing to Fury in 2011 and 2014 before Usyk defeated him in 2020.
Then last year he faced Fury for the third time and was stopped in the 10th round.
When asked in the past about a clash between Fury and Usyk, he said: “Tyson [to win]. He’s the bigger guy with the longer reach. Just Tyson.
“That’s like a man taking candy out of a baby’s hand, bro. Tyson will win. He’s going to penetrate this guy. That’s all.”
But now, after Fury’s completely unconvincing victory over Francis Ngannou last month, Chisora is unsure.
Speak with iFL TVhe said, “I don’t know. I was with Usyk this afternoon because we love the same Russian sauna, so we were together.”
“It’s a short camp for both fighters. Once they get into the rhythm and try to do everything right, it’s going to be hard and there’s going to be injuries.”
“There are already signs, they have already postponed it. Both men are going to be training hard, so who knows, man. It’s difficult to say.”
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He added: “Tyson has to pick himself up now. His last fight wasn’t a good fight, man, but he won, he won that fight, plain and simple.”
“I said he would get knocked down and come back and win the fight. I think that burst some of his bubble.”
“Sometimes you can have a bad day, but in boxing you can’t have a bad day and win the fight.”
Fury will receive a hefty sum from the fight as he is expected to earn £50million.
However, the deal also includes a clause for a rematch which would see The Gypsy King pocket a further £50m.
Usyk enters the fight undefeated, having won all 21 of his professional fights.
Fury also has a 34-fight unbeaten record, but has a draw against Deontay Wilder in 2018.