David Haye admits Oleksandr Usyk ‘can do everything’ – but is still backing his man Derek Chisora to get the better of the undefeated Ukranian.
The pair face off in their heavyweight clash on Saturday with the odds very much stacked against Brit Chisora.
Haye sent a warning to Usyk earlier this week, telling talkSPORT that the very best version of Chisora will be on show this weekend.
Many are backing Usyk to make light work of the 36-year-old but Haye suggested that the fact the favourite is moving up a weight division could be crucial in tipping the fight in Chisora’s favour.
Haye told Drive on Thursday: “He [Usyk] can do everything, he can juggle with his feet. He can do all these crazy things that most other fighters can’t do.
“But what I think he’s lacking is that one punch power to take out the big man. That’s what I had.
“When Evander Holyfield moved up and challenged for the heavyweight title against Buster Douglas, who beat Mike Tyson, he knocked him out with ONE punch, a right hand on the button. He had that firepower.
“When I went up to heavyweight and fought Nikolai Valuev, he was seven stone heavier than me. I had to hit him so hard on the chin to get his respect and keep him away from me.
“I don’t think Usyk has that punch power. I don’t think he has that one single shot that can keep Derek Chisora off. I know I couldn’t keep him off me and I punched significantly harder than Usyk does.
“I’ve talked to Usyk’s team and they think he’s just going to out-box Derek and I’m telling them it ain’t going to happen. You’re going to find yourself in a real dogfight and it’s going to be really painful.”