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Fresh Talks Have Taken Place, Could We See Chisora v Parker In The Ring?

Derek Chisora was set to face Joseph Parker in October 2019 but the fight was cancelled after the New Zealander’s preparations were ruined by a three week illness due to a spider bite on his leg.

Joseph is currently preparing for a fight against a Kiwi rival Junior Fa on the 27th February which if Joseph gets the win could pave the way for a long-awaited fight with Del-boy.

David Higgins (Joseph’s manager) told Sky Sports “I’ve heard some noises and frankly that is a fight with interest,”

“We’d endorse it and there is interest from Parker, and our management team would endorse it.

“There was a lot of talk in the past. The fight was contracted at one point. I think that fight makes sense.”

Del-boy remains open to fighting Joseph, the former WBO champion, Del-boy told Sky Sports “I’ve made no secret that I want the fight with Parker,”

“I signed the fight, flew to his camp in LA to film only for him to chicken out and claim a spider bite was the reason he couldn’t step in the ring with me.

“The truth is, when sat across the table, looking in my eyes, reality hit, he wasn’t ready for the WAR I bring. If fight fans want it, I’m game. He can come to me this time. This fight happens on my turf.”

Joseph’s fight with Fa is at the The Spark Arena in Auckland, the venue only holds up to 12,000 and Higgins believes the clash with Del-boy could be held in New Zealand.

“They would want to do it in the UK. I would challenge Chisora and David Haye to come down to New Zealand to do it,” said Higgins.

“If not, we’ll still discuss it, but it would be very interesting to see one, whether they are for real, and two, what they have in mind.

“From the Parker perspective why waste time? We’d be keen to get that fight up and going in New Zealand or the United Kingdom, in the beginning of June would be feasible I’d think.

“If you’re interested in the fight, David Haye has my phone number. Joseph Parker’s promoter is Eddie Hearn and Matchroom, and they would be on board too.

“In the past, it was an option that Matchroom were favourable about, so if Chisora and Haye are serious, start some discussions and obviously Joseph has to do the business in February, which is all he’s focused on. But there is no harm in us as management talking about the future now.”

David Haye, Del-boy’s manager has welcomed the prospect of the Parker fight as he seeks to guide his fighter back towards world title contention.

Haye told Sky Sports “All stakeholders wanted the fight in 2019 and we made it happen, Parker had to pull out with quite an unusual excuse, a spider bite. But that can be boxing.

“If Parker and his team are serious about making this fight again, we will happily look to reschedule. Derek is in camp and eager to get back in the ring, he thrives on the biggest battles, those match-ups that really get fight fans excited. The Parker bout is one fight fans want to see.”

Let’s hope it gets made, Parker is ranked number 3 by the WBO and was hoping he could earn a fight against Usyk potentially for the vacant WBO title. But the governing body is set to sanction AJ’s undisputed world title clash against the Gypsy King, with Usyk being offered a fight against Joe Joyce for the WBO interim title.