Joseph Parker

Dereck Chisora rematch firming for Joseph Parker in new multi-fight deal

It seems Parker’s UK backers were impressed enough with his final effort on their original three-fight deal as he battled to a contentious split points decision against Chisora.

Parker’s New Zealand manager David Higgins has had a productive discussion with Matchroom Boxing CEO Frank Smith that points to a positive future.

Smith sees value in a Parker v Chisora sequel and Higgins and Parker like the feel of it too.

Joseph Parker edges points win over Dereck Chisora

Parker has come back from being knocked down less than 10 seconds into the first round to score a split decision points victory in Manchester, England on Sunday (NZ time).

In what was a close bout throughout the 12 rounds, the former WBO world champion was the stronger of the two fighters in the second half of the contest, doing just enough to notch his fifth straight win.

Parker won the fight 116-111 and 115-113 on two of the three judges' scorecards, with the other judge scoring it 115-113 for Chisora.

Joseph Parker ready for Derek Chisora pressure

The New Zealand boxer had four straight wins to his name ahead of his bout with British fighter Derek Chisora in Manchester.

However, a lack-lustre victory over Junior Fa in February meant most pundits still felt Parker had more to prove in his quest to regain world champion status.

The 29-year-old admitted it wasn't his best work but said the fight wasn't much of a gauge for a clash with former title challenger and no-nonsense veteran Chisora.

"They're two totally different styles.

'Joseph Parker v Dereck Chisora can only end one way'

Former WBO world heavyweight champion Parker and the vastly experienced Chisora fight in Manchester on Sunday morning (NZT).

Haye now manages Chisora but knows plenty about Parker, helping the Kiwi prepare in his London gym for his other British fights against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.

Haye sees this as the heavy hands of Chisora going up against the guile of Parker and doesn’t believe the judges will get involved.

Joseph Parker eager to extend British deal

Parker takes on Britain’s Dereck Chisora in Manchester on May 2 (NZT) in a contest that has huge ramifications to his career.

The fight is the last of Parker’s three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom outfit.

That original deal, believed to be worth around $6m, was signed in late May, 2019. Injuries and the Covid pandemic have stretched it out to two years with Parker only fighting and beating Alex Leapai and Shawndell Winters in two contests in the United States. His last win over fellow Kiwi Junior Fa in Auckland was independent of the Matchroom deal.

'Joseph Parker won't be able to handle Dereck Chisora's heat'

Chisora and former WBO champion Parker square off on May 2 (NZT), both tuning up with new trainers.

American Buddy McGirt, the man in the corner of Chisora, doesn’t believe Parker will be able to handle the “heat” coming his way.

"I mean it's not going to be an easy task, but we've just got to keep the heat on him," McGirt told Sky Sports UK.

"It's not a secret. Keep the pressure and the heat on, and make him uncomfortable, every second of every round."

When he was asked if Parker could handle these tactics, McGirt didn't hesitate: "No, personally no.

Joseph Parker feeding off Tyson Fury's positive energy

The two heavyweights clash in Britain on May 2 (NZT), finally coming together after their 2019 fight was cancelled after Parker suffered a spider bite while training in Las Vegas.

An incredulous Chisora raised doubts over that and labelled Parker “a chicken”. The rugged Brit has been merciless with his taunts at New Zealand’s former WBO champion ever since.

Parker, now preparing in Britain with his new trainer Andy Lee and working alongside his good mate Fury, says he’s keen to sort things out with Chisora where it matters most.

Joseph Parker strikes quick bond with new trainer Andy Lee

Parker has had a productive three weeks with Andy Lee after ending his eight-year partnership with Las Vegas-based New Zealand trainer Kevin Barry.

“It’s gone well, I’ve enjoyed it so far. I’ve been happy,” Parker, the former WBO champion, told Boxing UK.

“Andy isn’t changing a lot, he’s just working on correcting a few things, tidying me up and making sure I’m well-prepared for this fight.”

Joseph Parker to fight Derek Chisora in first bout with new trainer

Chisora claimed that Parker had postponed their fight set for October 2019 at short notice because the South Aucklander was scared.

"We've been here before, in 2019, I flew to Vegas to film a face-to-face with Parker. I called [David] Haye as soon as I left and told him 'This guy isn't going to get in the ring with me', I could see the fear in his eyes," Chisora told Sky Sports UK.

Middlemore Foundation 'stands by' boxer Joseph Parker over alleged link to drug ring

After an almost a two-year court fight, the heavyweight fighter lost his bid to keep his name suppressed over the Crown’s claims he was connected to a gang that smuggled 20kg of meth into New Zealand through the post.

The Crown repeatedly mentioned Parker's name as it laid out its evidence in a 2019 trial of Tevita Matangi Fangupo, Tevita Sitanilei Kulu and Toni Rajendra Finau, who were later jailed.