Former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker has verbally agreed to face off against Dereck Chisora, in a potential fight in July of this year.
Parker, a name familiar to British fans after his high-profile losses to both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in recent year, has been looking to secure another fight on British shores, after knocking out American Alexander Flores in his last outing.
Zimbabwean-born – but London hailing – Chisora on the other hand, is looking to secure a big-name opponent that can help to reignite his elite-level career, after losing four of his last eight fights.
Indeed, ‘Del Boy’s’ most recent defeat, an eleventh-round knockout against long-term rival Whyte, left many fans and pundits alike questioning whether retirement might present the best option for the 35-year-old journeyman.
Chisora himself however has remained adamant that he wants to once again challenge at the highest level and has even put himself forward as a potential stand-in opponent for Anthony Joshua’s June 1 fight at Madison Square Gardens.
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Joshua had previously been set to fight the ever-controversial Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller in his US debut, but promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that a new opponent will now be required, after Miller failed two anti-doping tests over the past week.
Before any potential fight with Joshua however, Chisora has seemingly set his sights on one of the world champion’s former foes, Joseph Parker.
Whilst talking over a Facebook video call, the two fighters exchanged pleasantries, before Chisora called for his New Zealand counterpart to return to the UK.
“Bro, you need to come back to London,” Chisora told Parker “London loves you man."
“Let’s lock it in for July then, I’m keen, I’m ready,” Parker shot back. “Listen I’m ready to dance with you under those lights brother!"
“Done, done, it’s done. We’ll do it” confirmed Chisora, before adding “If the numbers are right, we’ll do it”.
Despite their apparent hunger for a fight, there was clearly no bad blood between the pair, with both fighters wishing the other well in the future, and Parker wishing Chisora good fortune in tomorrow’s bout against Senad Gashi.
A little-known quantity to many in the sport, Chisora is expected to ease back to winning ways against his German counterpart, before targeting a bigger name for a summertime fight.
With this now looking to be Parker, a win for either fighter would go a long way to boosting their fast-falling reputation, and would once again place them in contention for a shot at one of Joshua’s (IBF, IBO, WBO) or Deontay Wilder’s (WBC) championship belts.News Now - Sport News