- Joseph Parker is a -190 betting favorite to beat Derek Chisora in their December 18 rematch.
- Parker closed as te -175 favorite when he beat Chisora via split decision last May.
- Chisora has been listed as betting underdog to only five boxers during his career.
Joseph Parker has opened as the slight betting favorite for his recently announced rematch with Derek Chisora on December 18th.
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— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) September 16, 2021
The former WBO heavyweight champion is a -190 odds-on-favorite to beat Chisora, who came back at +150 when the betting lines for the rematch opened at the best boxing sportsbooks.
Although this is the second fight between these two, it’s the third time that they have been booked to fight each other with Parker withdrawing from an October 2019 bout due to illness. In both previous bookings, Parker has opened as the betting favorite. The former heavyweight champion was the -215 chalk when he withdrew from the first bout and closed as the -175 odds on favorite during their bout last May.
But since they last fought, Chisora has made big changes to his team with Dave Coldwell returning to his corner and Anthony Joshua’s 258 MGT management outfit playing a big part. The Briton asked for an immediate rematch shortly after the verdict was read the last time out. His request has been granted.
Chisora Drops Parker Early
We didn’t have to wait long for the first knockdown of the fight 😳 #ChisoraParker
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) May 1, 2021
Chisora dropped Parker in the opening seconds of their first bout but Parker won the fight via split decision. The New Zealander turned the tide after the early setback and landed the better combinations as Chisora began to tire. The judges scored the bout 115-113, 115-113, and 111-116 in favor of Parker. Of course, Chisora did not agree.
The 37-year old Chisora now has lost back-to-back bouts after winning three in a row following his 2018 knockout defeat against Dillian Whyte. Chisora’s wins as heavy betting favorites against Senad Gashi (-900), Artur Szpilka (-300), and David Price (-400) gave him some momentum. But the former heavyweight title challenger has since lost to Oleksandr Usyk and Parker.
In his last 14 bouts, Chisora has only seen the plus money sign against Parker, Usyk (+520), Whyte (+300 and +230), Carlos Takam (+195), and Kubrat Pulev (+250). He lost all bouts with the exception of Takam whom he stopped inside 8 rounds to win the WBC international heavyweight title in 2018.
Parker’s Career May Be on The Line
— Newshub Sport (@NewshubSport) September 17, 2021
While Chisora is looking to avenge that loss, Parker will be eyeing to prove that it was no fluke. But aside from that, Parker also said last month that the fight could decide his future in the sport. The Kiwi is looking for one more run at the heavyweight title but he said that if there is no improvement in his performance in the Chisora rematch, then perhaps it may be time to walk away from the sport.
Parker is the first heavyweight boxer from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to win a major boxing title when he became WBO heavyweight champion. He peaked as the no.3 ranked heavyweight in the world but after back-to-back losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in 2018m he’s dropped from the rank of heavyweight elites.
The New Zealander has been the betting favorite in all of his professional bouts except the one against Joshua where he closed at +525. In his only other pro defeat against Whyte, Parker closed as the -140 betting favorite but dropped a close unanimous decision. He’s won his last five bouts, but four against low-tier competition and the fifth one against Chisora.