Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker will battle it out at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, May 1 with the winner looking to move a step closer to an eventual world title shot later on in the future.
Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker Betting Tips & Predictions
Right, I’ll get it off my chest straight away. I am having a difficult time understanding how Derek Chisora versus Joseph Parker is a Box Office Pay Per View event. They are both likeable characters, but top draw fighters they are not – in my humble opinion.
Chisora will slug it out with anyone who will get in the ring with him, but to say he is a polished fighter would be way off the mark.
He has the power to knock people out, I will agree with that, but he doesn’t get me on the edge of my seat.
As for Parker, he bored me for a full 12 rounds in his last fight against Junior Fa. This was billed as a massive fight between two power punches, and it was awful. There wouldn’t have been a knockout if they were still fighting now – and that fight was back in February.
I hope this fight is nothing like that. For the sake of heavyweight boxing and Pay Per View events, this needs to end in a knockout. The sooner the better in my eyes, because I just have visions of two big men hugging for 12 rounds.
Saying that, I have to back a winner and I am going for Chisora to stop the New Zealander late on, in round nine. It won’t be a classic, but Chisora should have too much for Parker.
Road To Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker
Derek Chisora comes into this bout on the back of unanimous points decision loss at the hands of Ukrainian superstar Oleksandr Usyk. Del Boy is a former world heavyweight title contender, but he has lost four of his last 10 fights.
Aside from Usyk, he has been beaten twice by Dillian Whyte and suffered a majority decision loss against Agit Kabayel in a European heavyweight title bout in 2017.
Before losing to Usyk, he has won three successive fights against Senad Gashi, Artur Szpilka and David Price – not really opponents to get you excited about. Maybe those fighters are the calibre of what Chisora can compete again, he can fight against names like them but struggles when the big names come around.
Joseph Parker almost sent us all to sleep in his last fight as he went the distance with Junior Fa. The least said about that fight the better.
Parker has won his last four bouts against Fa, Shawndell Winters, Alex Lepai and Alexander Flores, with his last defeat being a unanimous points decision loss against Dillian Whyte.
Parker has come up short in two of his biggest ever fights. He suffered his first ever defeat against Anthony Joshua in March 2018 when he dropped his WBO heavyweight belt, then he lost to Whyte four months later.
Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker: Fighter’s Predictions
Derek Chisora: “If I had boxed for the title he won in New Zealand, I would have won it as well. There’s not much really happening in New Zealand. If that fight was on a different continent, he’d have lost it because when Ruiz was bringing the heat on and pushing the fight… it went Joe’s way because it was his show. He has been given fights and he has fought those fights. I’m feeling good, I’m in great shape, great mind, everything has gone well, and I can’t complain. What keeps the fire burning? Money. It keeps me on fire, keeps me going. You can never have enough money. Buddy (McGirt new trainer) has brought some good stuff. He’s not changing my style, he’s just putting some little things into my style. Which is good. People say ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ but really and truly it’s a lie. Only a stupid dog can’t learn new tricks. I’m improving on my game.”
Joseph Parker: “I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career with a new coach and some fresh ideas. I’ve settled in and Andy (Lee – trainer) and I are bonding well. Chisora and I have unfinished business and inside the ring one of us will get the job done. I am well aware that a win on British soil and on worldwide television will put me in pole position whereas a loss will be catastrophic. I am more than up for the challenge. Bring it on Del Boy.”