Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora engaged in an offbeat exchange about the animal kingdom as they prepared for their heavyweight showdown. The unbeaten Usyk, who later weighed in at 217lbs, sees himself as a lion while Chisora, who tipped the scales at 255lbs, was happy to be cast as an elephant.
Chisora also added some theatricality to the Halloween bout, arriving at the weigh-in covered in white paint the word ‘WAR’ across his chest.
“If the king of animals would be detected according to size then an elephant would be the king of the animals not the lion,” Usyk said via his promoter and translator Alexander Krassyuk.
Chisora responded: “An elephant is the king of the jungle for the simple reason a lion is only brave when there is loads of them.
“When an elephant is by himself, he can attack lions and get away with it.”
The bizarre conversation led promoter Eddie Hearn to conclude: “This Saturday, it is the elephant against the lion.”
Here, Express Sport gives you all the details on how to watch the fight.
Usyk vs Chisora live stream
Sky Sports Box Office will be showing live coverage of the action in the UK.
The undercard is scheduled to start at 6pm, with Usyk and Chisora due in the ring a few hours later.
Fans can book the event for £19.95 either via their Sky TVs or by visiting the website.
Live streaming is available via the Sky Sports Box Office app or on the website.
Many fans have been sharing their views on how the fight might pan out and Sky Sports pundit Johnny Nelson has also had his say.
“I think the referee will have to step in late in this fight, in favour of Usyk,” said Nelson.
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“Derek will never give up and Derek has an amazing engine, but it will get to a point where the referee takes a look.
“Usyk is not a concussive heavyweight puncher, we’ve got to remember that. He’s not.
“Derek is a tough guy and Derek looks in great condition, and I’m trying to get an answer to say yes he’ll pull it off, yes he’s got a puncher’s chance.
“But I’m going Usyk in a late stoppage win, with Chisora emerging with credit. I don’t think Chisora wins but I hope he wins.”
Usyk vs Chisora undercard
Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora (12 rounds at heavyweight)
Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr (IBF lightweight title final eliminator)
Savannah Marshall vs Hannah Rankin (WBO middleweight title)
Tommy McCarthy vs Bilal Laggoune (vacant European cruiserweight title)
Amy Timlin vs Carly Skelly (Commonwealth super-bantamweight title)
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