- Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker is official for May 1, 2021.
- Chisora and Parker were supposed to fight on October 26, 2019 but Parker pulled out of that bout with an injury.
- Parker is coming off a lackluster win over Junior Fa while Chisora lost to Oleksandr Usyk in his most recent bout.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will face former WBC heavyweight title challenger Derek Chisora on May 1st at a still to be determined venue most likely in British soil.
The fight will headline a big event put together by Matchroom and DAZN. It will be shown on DAZN around the world except in the UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand, and Samoa.
Parker and Chisora were originally scheduled to fight each other last October 26, 2019 at the O2 Arena in London, England. However, the New Zealander begged off the bout after falling ill. David Price eventually ended up fighting Chisora and the latter ended up knocking out Price inside four rounds.
Said Chisora after the fight announcement:
WAR is Coming
— Derek Chisora 🥊 (@DerekWarChisora) February 3, 2021
Chisora is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to WBO heavyweight division mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk last October. The 37-year old British heavyweight previously won five out of his last six bouts, four by KO with his only loss during that period coming at the hands of Dillian Whyte.
Despite not being a top-rated heavyweight contender, Chisora has always been a game opponent and one that nobody can take for granted. He has established a huge fan base and is a big name in England which is good for this DAZN show. He has the power toughness, and experience to pose problems for Parker, who still wants another crack at the heavyweight gold.
Since losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2012, Chisora has not fought for the world title again. War Chisora has a record of 32-10 with 23 knockouts. He has been knocked out only thrice, by David Haye,Tyson Fury, and Whyte.
Parker’s New Trainer
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) March 9, 2021
Parker is the first heavyweight boxer from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to win a major boxing world championship. He captured the WBO heavyweight title by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. in December of 2016. Parker made two successful title defenses before yielding the belt to Anthony Joshua in a title unification bout on March 2018.
Earlier this month, Parker announced that he was parting ways with longtime trainer Kevin Barry. Barry had worked with Parker for the past eight years, steering the New Zealander all the way to the top of the division. But Parker’s declining performances have left doubts whether Barry can bring Parker back to the top of the division. After numerous calls for Parker to change trainers, the two mutually agreed to part ways.
Parker is now in the UK training with former world champion Andy Lee. The former WBO middleweight champion is the cousin of Tyson Fury and is Fury’s assistant trainer. The 36-year old southpaw also trains Irish prospect Paddy Donovan and middleweight Jason Quigley. Parker hopes that this change in team will bring him back to title contention, and beating Chisora should be the first step towards that.