Derek Chisora Watches Joseph Parker KO, Admits Wanting Third Tyson Fury Fight
Derek Chisora approaches his highly anticipated rematch against Joseph Parker with a clear goal in mind: This time, bypass the judges and close the bout with a knockout.
The 37-year-old was outraged by the officials’ decision to award Parker a split-decision win in their highly competitive affair in May, despite the Briton scoring a knockdown just seven seconds into the first round.
‘Del Boy’ now has the chance for revenge as the pair go head-to-head again, again at the Manchester Arena, on December 18, with the veteran heavyweight clearly rejuvenated as he re-teams with trainer Dave Coldwell.
Coldwell sat in Chisora’s corner for his second-round win over Artur Spilzka in 2019, but the pair split before the initially scheduled match against Parker later that year – which was canceled after the New Zealander was bitten by a spin – for logistical reasons.
Formerly London-based Chisora now spends every Monday through Thursday in Rotherham working under the direction of the veteran coach, insisting their partnership is proving fruitful.
Derek Chisora aims for a knockout in his rematch against Joseph Parker on December 18
The heavyweight, 37, felt he had been robbed when Parker took a split-decision win in May
“Training wise it was great, we have a lot of fighters there,” Chisora said during a media appeal.
“They always say you’re not finished learning, you learn every day, and if you don’t want to learn every day, you’re a fool.
“I came today to find out more. When I went to the gym, the first day I went back, I said to him, “I’m not coming with ego or anything, so I’ll ask you questions like I’m a five-year-old. I go back and back and keep asking you.”
“He understood that, so training together was great. Whatever he wants me to do, I try and I do it.’
Chisora teams up again with trainer Dave Coldwell (right) ahead of the Parker fight
Importantly to Chisora, whose performance tends to fluctuate over the years depending on the meaning of the task, it is clear that the hunger is there.
Of course, that’s partly due to the size of the event, but also because he wants the win that he believes was rightfully his.
He has openly criticized the British Boxing Board of Control after the first fight in May, insisting he wants an American umpire for the rematch, even saying, “The only way to win is if Eddie (Hearn) is the judge and umpire.” pays for you. ‘
But even though he thinks he was robbed last time, Chisora - who reveals he’s sparring with considerably younger heavyweights trying to “get my head off” – leaves no stone unturned for the rematch.
Del Boy says he was robbed in May after beating Parker for seven seconds
Chisora insists he and Coldwell plan to take the fight out of the jury’s hands this time
“You’re going to see so many changes, we’re going for a stop to be honest,” he said. “I know most people wonder why I’m talking about the umpires, it’s just one of those things.
“We know exactly what Joseph is going to try. He’s going to try to get into the later laps and push his power and speed.”
He added: “You can tell by the way a person trains how he will fight. He runs a lot, so he’s willing to go deep, which is good.”
A win for both fighters would propel them to a potential mega-fight in 2022, but a loss — especially a third defeat on the spin for Chisora — would be very damaging.
No doubt questions would arise about Chisora’s future in the sport. But for the heavyweight, the thought of hanging up his gloves hasn’t even crossed his mind — nor has the possibility of losing the match.
‘There is always enough life. Win or lose, something else always happens. Most fighters say they stop boxing, but you don’t stop boxing.
“You say it and two weeks later you’re in the gym helping other guys move forward. Boxing is a hard game to leave. Even those who do come back. For me there is no option for this fight to be honest.’
Anthony Joshua, who lost his WBA, WBO and IBF titles to masterful Oleksandr Usyk in September, is also heading for an all-important rematch.
The pair will rekindle their rivalry early next year, most likely in the spring, despite pleas from Tyson Fury’s promoter duo Bob Arum and Frank Warren — and a plethora of pundits and fans — to step aside and engage in a warm-up battle.
However, Chisora, who signed with Joshua’s management label, 258 MGT, in September, has rejected such a suggestion.
Anthony Joshua, who will fight Oleksandr Usyk again next year, is also heading for a rematch
When asked if he agreed with the idea that Joshua should step aside, Chisora said, “What you’re asking me is nonsense.
“Do you think he should avoid the fight? Shouldn’t he fight again? It’s nonsense. We are in the fighting game. If you’re a trader in the stock market and you lose about two and a half million, you don’t go home and cry about it, you go back and try to make that money back.
“So yeah, he should take the rematch. It does not matter. You lose a fight and you move on. If he doesn’t take it, where does he go? Who is he fighting? Deontay Wilder? Listen, the boxing game right now is only worth money because AJ is in it, that’s the honest truth from God.
“Everyone makes money because they’re in it. People didn’t make money when Wladamir Klitschko (was champion). People were not in love with boxing. Deontay Wilder was WBC champion, people weren’t really interested.
When was the last time someone sold 60,000 in an arena? (He) sold out Cardiff, Wembley Tottenham. When was the last time that happened? It never happened.
“The guy came in, he’s done a great job, him and Eddie and Sky too. They’ve done a great thing, selling out these arenas and putting on a great show. And on the day he loses, shouldn’t he take the rematch? He was just having a bad day at the office.”
Joshua lost his WBO, WBA and IBF belts in a packed Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
With Joshua activating the contractually agreed rematch clause, Tyson Fury is a little short on options following his emphatic trilogy win over Wilder, especially after the WBC declined to order a fight with Dillian Whyte.
Fury previously mentioned Chisora on a five-fight hit list, which showed he would love to retire from the sport with a third and final match against his compatriot.
And while Fury’s team insists their fighter still plans to return to the ring early next year, Chisora reveals he would be willing to intervene.
“Yeah, man,” he said. “I like Tyson Fury, he’s done well for himself. Yes, why not? If he’s there, we’ll do it.’
Of course, on December 18, he must first pass Joseph Parker.
Tyson Fury has no opponent after his stunning trilogy win over Deontay Wilder