Oleksandr Usyk beats Derek Chisora to set up Anthony Joshua clash

Oleksandr Usyk proved he belongs with the best heavyweights in the world as he outclassed Derek Chisora.

The former undisputed cruiserweight champion took his time before moving through the gears to eventually stamp his authority on the fight.

And in doing so he secured his shot at world champion Anthony Joshua, who was watching from ringside as all three judges gave the Ukrainian the nod.

Chisora, roared on by friend Tony Bellew, made a strong start as he looked to drag Usyk into the trenches by making the most of his near three-stone weight advantage.

The Brit landed his right hand in the opening two sessions although had a tendency to lunge in on his unbeaten opponent, often missing wildly and expending much-needed energy.

Usyk soon began to find his feet in just his second fight at heavyweight and they were soon keeping him away from Chisora's attacks.

And he began to assert his authority as the fight reached the halfway point as Chisora's attacks slowed and became more desperate.

Usyk enjoyed his best moments to date in the seventh round as he showed a glimpse of his power as Chisora began to tire.

The Brit enjoyed a brief recovery before Usyk made sure of victory by controlling the latter rounds before he was awarded victory by scores of 117-112 and 115-113 twice.

Usyk said: "It's a real test in heavyweight, Chisora a big guy, a hard guy. I was expecting a fight like that, I was expecting a tougher fight.

"My plan is to go to my home, maximum time with my family. I want to become not just world champion, but the undisputed world champion."

Chisora, meanwhile, believed he had done enough to have his hand raised.

He said: "I feel great. I was pushing the pace. I'm just disappointed with the result, gutted." 

On the undercard, Lee Selby was beaten by George Kambosos to leave the Welshman's future in doubt.

Former featherweight world champion Selby was bidding to set up a shot at new lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez.

But after a strong second half, it was Kambosos who was deservedly given the nod and who called out boxing's new star.

Earlier, Savannah Marshall produced a brilliant display to stop Hannah Rankin in the seventh round of their world title fight.

Marshall dominated from the first bell before putting an authoritative stop to the contest to win the WBO middleweight belt.

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