Saturday night sees big time boxing return to Manchester as Derek Chisora takes on Joseph Parker in a tantalising box-office heavyweight clash.
In what is the featured bout at the top of the bill on a stellar card, Britain’s favourite bad guy aims to get back to winning ways following defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, meanwhile New Zealand’s ultimate nice guy is looking to throw his name back in amongst the elites at heavyweight.
Chisora and Parker are finally set to lock horns after their proposed 2019 fight was called off (Photo: Sky Sports)
A win for either man could see them catapult back up the world rankings, with a potential shout for a world title shot looming, provided some belts are available after Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury battle it out for all of the marbles on possibly two or three occasions.
Chisora still believes he has one final run at the heavyweight titles in him, whilst Parker is adamant that he has plenty to give at world level in boxing’s most glamourous division.
In one corner you have Derek Chisora. Somewhat a heavyweight veteran, continually in great fights and providing the fans with quality entertainment. At 37-years-old and having been in numerous brutal fights, it is unlikely that Chisora has much time left at the top level of the sport. Which is why this fight could be one of the biggest yet in the highly decorated career of ‘Del Boy’.
If ever there were a fight that is simply ‘must win’, this is it for Chisora. Coming off the back of a frustrating defeat to Usyk, Chisora will want to put that right with a win at the weekend. However, that will be far from easy for the Finchley man, as he faces one of the best fighters in the division outside of the top two.
Chisora knows he will have to bring 'WAR' on Saturday night (Photo: Sky Sports)
Chisora has made changes ahead of this fight, and big ones at that. Legendary trainer Buddy McGirt will be in the corner for the Brit on Saturday night, in what will be their first fight together as a duo. Under his watchful eye as well as that of former foe, turned manager, David Haye, Chisora looks to be giving a run at the heavyweight titles one last go.
With a record of 32-10, including 23 wins by knockout, Chisora has fought the who’s who of the heavyweight division. On Saturday, ‘Del Boy’ continues this narrative with yet another top level fight against one of the most dangerous men in the current crop of heavyweights.
For Chisora, the fight is a must win if he is to stay at the table of elite heavyweights and keep his name relevant at the top level of the sport. It would take a brave man to write Chisora off, after his closely fought fight with Usyk last time out, and numerous wins against the odds throughout his career.
In the opposite corner is New Zealand’s heavyweight superstar, Joseph Parker. Standing at 6”4, Parker has a two-and-a-half inch height advantage over Chisora, which he will need to use come fight night to keep the forward pressing Chisora off his chest.
Last time out, Parker claimed a unanimous decision victory over fellow New Zealander, Junior Fa. The fight was far from a classic, with Parker producing a below par performance despite getting his hand raised in victory. The Auckland resident simply cannot afford a performance like this one against ‘Del Boy’, and will most certainly have to bring his A-game if he is to beat Chisora this coming weekend.
Like his opponent, Parker has made some big changes ahead of this fight. The 29-year-old recently appointed Andy lee as his new trainer, having relocated to train in Dublin with the former middleweight champion. Lee was integral in helping Tyson Fury humiliate Deontay Wilder in their rematch back in February 2020, so Parker is hoping this big change in his camp can work similarly, with an impressive win over one of Britain’s favourite fighters.