Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora UK start time and undercard running order

Derek Chisora is bidding to upset the odds and earn himself a world title shot at the expense of Oleksandr Usyk.

Chisora, who appears to be enjoying a purple patch late in his career, is the only man standing between Usyk and the heavyweight elite.

He is determined not to simply hand over the keys to fights against Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury but to instead enjoy those riches himself.

Usyk, who weighed in three stone lighter than Chisora, is fighting as a heavyweight for just the second time following his debut win over Chazz Witherspoon 12 months ago.

But the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion is already considered one of the best in boxing's premier division.

Here is everything you need to know about tonight's fights…

What time do the fights start?

The undercard fights will start at 5pm with the main event not likely to start before 10.30pm.

If the earlier fights are running late, Chisora and Usyk may not walk to the ring until closer to 11pm.

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Anthony Joshua will drop the WBO title if it means securing back-to-back fights with Tyson Fury next year.

WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk faces Derek Chisora tonight as he plots a shot at becoming a world heavyweight champion.
Usyk, 33, could then force the WBO to make Joshua fight him next or give up the title.

Eddie Hearn – who promotes both fighters – says he is awaiting a ruling from the WBO but Joshua's focus is on Fury if he beats Kubrat Pulev next month.

He said: "If Usyk wins, he will be the mandatory to the winner of Pulev against Joshua.

"The tricky bit is: is that with no exceptions.

"At the moment, I think everybody feels that even an undisputed fight may not trump that mandatory.

"So if Joshua beats Pulev and we make Fury against AJ, we’d write to the WBO and say: “Do you want to do the fight with Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua.

"They’d either say: Yes we’ll approve it. Or, no, Usyk is mandatory.

"If it’s the latter, you go to Usyk and say: Do you want to allow this fight and he says: Yes but what are you going to give me? Or no. Then you deal with it from there.

"I would be willing to say, subject to speaking to Anthony and what Fury wants, that we would be willing to vacate the WBO title straight after that fight, to let Usyk fight for it.

"Because we’re going to do two fights. So we’re tied up for 2021, so we can’t fight Usyk unless we don’t make the Fury fight. Then we will."

Former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk is desperate to get his hands on a world title at heavyweight so he may not wait.

But Hearn is holding out hope the Ukrainian will hold off to allow Joshua the chance to become undisputed heavyweight champion against Fury.

And then he will hand Usyk a shot against another opponent before he has his second fight with Fury.

Hearn added: "I only really want AJ to win the undisputed title. I’m not bothered about him defending it for the next 10 years.

"I just want to be able to say: You’re the undisputed heavyweight world champion, you did it, you won everything.

"After that, if we can set up a fight between Usyk and whoever’s No 2, we’ll do that."

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