Derek Chisora eyes fight against Anthony Joshua if he beats Oleksandr Usyk

"If we ever fight, it could be strange, but I just look at it as business and after we will hug each other and be friends again."

Derek Chisora is targeting a world title fight against his 'friend' Anthony Joshua should he manage a 'difficult' victory over Oleksandr Usyk.

Chisora is set to face Usyk on Saturday night live on Sky Sports Box Office. The heavyweight duo were due to square off earlier this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the bout to be delayed.

But the fight has been rescheduled and is set to take place on October 31 at Wembley Arena.

This is a tough fight for Chisora, as Usyk has an incredible pedigree and he is rated as one of the greatest fighters of this modern era.

But this is only Usyk's second heavyweight bout after he unified the cruiserweight division. This is the Ukrainian's first real test in the heavyweight ranks and against Chisora, we will get a glimpse of how much trouble he could cause for the likes of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury down the line.

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Usyk could soon face Joshua if he gets past Chisora, as he is AJ's mandatory challenger for his WBO world heavyweight title.

Chisora hopes that if he beats Usyk on Saturday, he will take his opponent's mandatory position to line up a future shot against Joshua.

'Del Boy' told ESPN that he rates Usyk as the best fighter he has faced in his career while he also discussed a potential fight against Joshua:

"I think Usyk is the top, number one fighter out of all the fighters I have faced because he's bringing movement, agility and picks his punches well.

"He moves about the ring well. I'm trying to find the right sparring for him and it's not been easy.

"It will be difficult to stop his movement, get to him, but it's what I have got to do.

"[Me and Joshua] are friends and very good friends at that. I did some sparring with him up in Sheffield before the Andy Ruiz fight [last year].

"If we ever fight, it could be strange, but I just look at it as business and after we will hug each other and be friends again.

"I left Finchley before AJ was properly there, but I saw him first when he was being coached by Sean Murphy. He was the first guy in the gym and he wanted it more than anyone else, I remember that. He was only a novice back then. I saw him when he was first there, and he made rapid progress."

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The main event on Saturday night is sure to be a cracker. Usyk vs Chisora offers a real mix of styles and it will be fascinating to see how it plays out.

The Ukrainian is the clear favourite, but Chisora has been backed by a few to pull off an upset victory.

It is easy to overlook 'Del Boy' given what Usyk has already achieved in the sport. But the Brit offers a very different challenge than any of the former unified champion's former opponents.

A win over Usyk would certainly stand as the biggest win of Chisora's career. If he does, he should take the mandatory to set up a fight with Joshua. He would be a huge underdog for that bout as well. Yet that clash would offer a unique dynamic of two friends squaring off for the world heavyweight titles.

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