Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker on Saturday May 1 kicks off what is shaping up to be a spectacular summer of heavyweight boxing.
Later the same night Andy Ruiz Jr makes his eagerly-awaited return against Chris Arreola. Then we have final eliminator crackers involving Oleksandr Usyk vs Joe Joyce (WBO) and Filip Hrgovic vs Michael Hunter (IBF).
Then hopefully the cherry on top – Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua for all the undisputed heavyweight marbles. Likely in Saudi Arabia in late July or early August.
But first of all it is down to business in Manchester on Saturday night, as Parker bids to move closer to another world-title bid against seasoned warhorse Chisora.
With the likes of Katie Taylor, Natasha Jonas, Chris Eubank Jr, Dmitry Bivol, Craig Richards and more all appearing on the undercard, it promises to be a spectacular Matchroom show.
Chisora and Parker came very close to meeting more than 18 months ago. Their planned showdown for October 2019 was scuppered when Joseph pulled out through illness. Finally though on Saturday night, they’ll step into the ring together.
Here is all the intel you’ll need ahead of fight night.
Chisora vs Parker date, fight time and venue
Chisora vs Parker takes place at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday May 1. Ring walks for the main event are expected to be between 2200 and 2300 BST (1700-1800 ET).
Chisora vs Parker TV channel and live stream
Chisora vs Parker is a pay-per-view fight in the UK and will air on the Sky Sports Box Office platform. The cost for UK and Republic of Ireland customers is £19.95.
DAZN meanwhile will stream the bout in the United States and in another 200 markets around the world (excluding New Zealand, Samoa and China).
Chisora vs Parker weights
The weigh-in for Chisora vs Parker will take place in Manchester on Friday April 30, 2021.
Chisora vs Parker odds
The odds for Chisora vs Parker are pretty tight – it is not far away from being a ‘pick em’ fight.
Joseph, the younger man and rated more highly than Chisora by the sanctioning bodies, is slight favourite at a best-priced 8/13. Dereck meanwhile can be backed at best odds of 6/4. The Draw is currently trading at around 22/1.
In the United States Parker is also a slight favourite, at best odds of -159. Chisora is +138 with the Draw +2200.
Our betting expert has previewed the showdown and you can read his big-fight preview and predictions in full.
Chisora vs Parker predictions
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Dereck Chisora record and profile
‘Del Boy’ or ‘War’ Chisora (take your pick) was born in Zimbabwe on December 29, 1983 and is now very much in the veteran category at 37 years of age. But he still has a lot to offer, and will absolutely. not be a pushover for Parker.
He stands 6ft 1½ins tall (1.87m) and has a reach of 74ins (1.88m).
Chisora, who fights out of Finchley, north London, has a 32-10 professional record (including 23 wins inside distance). That might not sound all that impressive – until that is you consider who he has fought.
Dereck’s resume is a who’s who of elite heavyweights in the last decade. His defeats have all come against top-class opposition, including Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte (both twice), Vitali Klitschko, David Haye and more recently Oleksandr Usyk.
The points defeat at the hands of former cruiserweight king Usyk last October was Dereck’s last outing – and it showed he is still very much live opposition at the highest level. He gave the Ukrainian slickster a thorough examination before losing on the scorecards.
It would be foolish to write off Chisora. He possesses huge experience and even now is still aiming to get back into world-title reckoning. A win over Parker would really make the sanctioning bodies sit up and take notice.
Chisora will also have a new man heading up his corner on Saturday night – the hugely respected Buddy McGirt.
Joseph Parker record and profile
It would be very easy to see this as a crossroads fight for New Zealander Joseph Parker. He parted company with long-time trainer Kevin Barry after his last fight – a win in the big domestic scrap with Junior Fa in February.
Parker will have Kronk disciple Andy Lee heading up his corner for the first time here, and it will be fascinating to see the changes that brings. Joseph was somewhat unimpressive as he laboured to a decision over Fa in New Zealand’s biggest fight in years.
Parker, born on January 9, 1992, is now 29 years old and has a professional record of 28-2 (with 21 wins inside distance). He stands 6ft 4ins tall (1.93m) and has a reach of 76ins (1.93m).
After starting his professional career 21-0, Parker got his chance to fight for a world title when he met Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland in December 2016. He prevailed via a wafer-thin majority decision to claim the WBO world heavyweight title.
Joseph would hold that belt until March 2018 when he was dethroned by Anthony Joshua after dropping a unanimous decision in Cardiff. Despite that defeat Parker came away with his reputation enhanced after nullifying AJ’s lethal bombs.
Parker would lose his next bout too as he went down on points to another elite heavy in Dillian Whyte at London’s O2 Arena in July 2018.
Since then Joseph has reeled off four victories, mostly against mediocre opposition until that last outing against Fa.
Now ranked #3 by the WBO and a top-10 fighter according to all the major sanctioning bodies, Parker knows an impressive win over Chisora would significantly enhance his claims for a future title shot.
Chisora vs Parker undercard
As stated, the Chisora vs Parker showdown headlines a cracking Matchroom card. The undercard looks like this:
- Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas
- Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards
- Chris Eubank Jr vs Marcus Morrison
- James Tennyson vs Jovanni Straffon
- Scott Fitzgerald vs tba
- Campbell Hatton vs tba