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Team Parker Seeks To Reschedule Chisora Fight Once Cleared

Make no mistake, having to withdraw from his scheduled clash versus Derek Chisora is merely prolonging the inevitable as far as Joseph Parker is concerned.

The former heavyweight titlist from New Zealand pulled up ill ahead of his now scrapped Oct. 26 clash versus England’s Chisora (31-9, 22KOs) at O2 Arena in London, England. The bad news was delivered by Eddie Hearn, who promotes both heavyweights and is now on the hunt for a new opponent to face Chisora, the brash former heavyweight title challenger who is a crowd favorite.

“Joseph Parker has been battling health issues at his (Las) Vegas training camp ahead of his October 26 fight,” Kevin Barry, Parker’s head trainer told BoxingScene.com through a team statement.

“Following detailed medical assessment, doctors have confirmed that Joseph is not physically able to train until medical clearance is given.

“A doctor’s certificate has been provided to Joseph Parker’s promoter (Matchroom Boxing) as this health issue will mean that he must withdraw from his scheduled fight.”

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Parker (26-2, 20KOs) was looking to add to his current two-fight win streak, although in his most significant fight since a narrow loss to Dillian Whyte last July, also at The O2. The bout came four months after conceding his title to Anthony Joshua in their unification clash last March in Cardiff, Wales.

He’s since rebounded with stoppage wins over Alexander Flores and Alex Leapai, the latter marking his first fight under Hearn with sports streaming service DAZN. The Oct. 26 bout with Chisora would’ve also aired live on the platform along with Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom, serving as the chief support to the World Boxing Super Series 140-pound finals between unbeaten titlists Regis Prograis (24-0, 20KOs) and Josh Taylor (15-0, 12KOs).

The show will go on for all involved parties, including Chisora against a hoped-for replacement opponent which Hearn suggested would be secured in the coming days.

As for Parker, the hope is that this piece of business can be revisited once he’s fighting fit.

“The fight against Derek Chisora continues to be one that Joseph and the team want,” insists Barry. “Once medical clearance is given, Team Parker wants to have the fight promptly rescheduled.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by pollywog on 10-02-2019

Missing 3 weeks training and sparring heading into a big fight to be very much weakened and underdone in facing a totally game Delboy...Yeah nah! Flag that, pull the pin and reschedule when fully fighting fit is definitely the smart…

Comment by Tyistall on 10-02-2019

It's always something with Parker and his team. A spider bite? Who is he, Spider-man now?? come on man, they could have came up with a better one than that. My guess is, he knew Chisora wasn't going to back…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 10-02-2019

Apparently the illness was possibly caused by a spider bite, would love to know what type of spider has caused such a drama. As far as I was aware there was only 2 main dangerous ones in the vicinity of…

Comment by rudy on 10-02-2019

That means Chisora is just the undercard now, he now will know his place. Sell the 02 for Taylor vs Progais *****. No Vasline needed they both go the same time up it along with Hearns:thanks::boxing::beerchug:

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