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Joseph Parker to take it out of judges’ hands against Dereck Chisora

Joseph Parker. Photo credit: Mark Robinson

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker 28-2 (21) is ready to go to war with Dereck Chisora 32-10 (23) at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday night.

Parker will be having his first fight under new coach Andy Lee after splitting from longtime trainer Kevin Barry after his last fight while Chisora will be having his first bout under the tutelage of Buddy McGirt.

At 37, Chisora has proven to still have plenty left in the tank. In his last outing he lost a razor-thin decision to former undisputed cruiserweight champion turned heavyweight contender Oleksandr Usyk 18-0 (13) at Wembley Arena in London last October.

“I’m very prepared for this fight,” Parker said. “I’ve had a great training camp with Andy in Ireland, then we moved over to Morecambe and got some great sparring under our belt, great pad work, bag, everything. I feel like with this fight, physically and mentally, I’m in a great place – probably the best I’ve been in a while.”

The 29-year-old New Zealander faced criticism following his less than thrilling 12-round points win over compatriot Junior Fa 19-1 (10) in Auckland in February but said this fight will be different.

“Two totally different styles,” Parker said. “Junior Fa’s style was move and hug, punch every now and then. With Dereck it’s no secret, he’s going to come forward and apply the pressure, throw punches everywhere. My hands are going to have to be up, down and all around.

“I think this is the perfect fight at the right time. We’re right there, get a good victory and there’s many other great fights out there to be made and to position yourself when the titles are free to fight for. This is a big card, not only the main event but the undercard fights are very exciting, I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

Lee teased that we may see a similar result to the second fight between Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21) and Deontay Wilder 42-1-1 (41) when the British boxer turned puncher dominated the previously undefeated American to claim the WBC heavyweight title by seventh-round knockout.

“I can only see the fight playing out one way, with Dereck coming forward and bringing war which he has done over numerous fights in recent years,” Lee said. “I see Joseph boxing a smart fight, if he can put in the practice what we’ve been rehearsing in training then I can see Joseph winning by late stoppage.

“We don’t want to leave anything to the judges. The only way to guarantee victory in this game is by getting a knockout, as much as they’re going for it, we’ll be going for it as well.

“We might surprise you. We surprised everybody with Tyson Fury against Wilder, we just might do the same, but you’ll have to wait and see.”