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Parker's Promoter: Joseph Told Me To Make Fight Against Chisora

By Keith Idec

Dereck Chisora’s crushing second-round knockout of Artur Szpilka hasn’t made Joseph Parker pause.

The former WBO heavyweight champion wants to face Chisora next, preferably October 26. That’s the date promoter Eddie Hearn has mentioned for a show at O2 Arena in London, where Chisora beat Szpilka on the Dillian Whyte-Oscar Rivas undercard July 20.

“He was impressed, but he won’t shy away,” David Higgins, Parker’s co-promoter, told Sky Sports for a story posted to its website Thursday. “He won’t take a step backward. Chisora looked good and Joseph’s message was, ‘Make the fight. Make it happen!’

“That date is absolutely plausible, provided everyone moves quick. I’m sure that Joseph Parker would absolutely be happy with that scenario. We’re ready and willing, and we just need to get this formalized quick.”


New Zealand’s Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) dominated Australian veteran Alex Leapai (32-8-4, 26 KOs) in Parker’s last fight, a 10th-round, technical-knockout win June 29 in Providence, Rhode Island. That was Parker’s second TKO victory since he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) in a fight in which both boxers were knocked down a year ago at O2 Arena.

The Zimbabwe-born Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) also has won back-to-back bouts since Whyte knocked him out in the 11th round of their rematch December 22 at O2 Arena. The 35-year-old, London-based contender drilled Poland’s Szpilka (22-4, 15 KOs) with a right hand that knocked him unconscious in their scheduled 10-round fight.

Chisora has been calling for a fight against Parker for quite some time.

“If Dereck shows up and lands a big bomb, he could win the fight,” Higgins said. “But if Joseph fights the way we know he can, at his best, he’ll win the fight.

“It’s one of those fights that could go either way, among two household names now. It will be exciting and explosive.”

 Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by retoohs on 08-22-2019

Don't right off Joe yet. **** he is only 27, still young and still learning for a heavy weight. He has 26 fights with some against very good ranked fighters. I think the lesson of not letting his hands go…

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 08-06-2019

I like this fight.

Comment by Jkp on 08-01-2019

[QUOTE=Straightener;19952921]Will be nice to see Parker lose another fight over here Just to see his fans come up with a new excuse Fact is he doesn’t let his hands go ..... good pop decent chin but is gunshy Needs a…

Comment by Jkp on 08-01-2019

[QUOTE=Deontay Wilder;19952953]I remember when undefeated Chisora fought Fury (when he still had hair). 25 fights later and he's still going strong after many tough battles. [IMG][/IMG][/QUOTE] Only 9 losses too

Comment by Straightener on 08-01-2019

[QUOTE=Palakin Stu;19953157]I'm a Parker fan. And yeah he does have an iron jaw. But the truth is, he doesn't have enough dog in him, or something is inhibiting it from coming out. And he wastes a lot of punches too.…

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