Everything You Need To Know About Joseph Parker vs Derek Chisora

Where? When? How to watch? Here's what you need to know ahead of this weekend's heavyweight rematch in Manchester
06:55, 14 Dec 2021

This weekend sees heavyweights Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora go head-to-head for a second time this year. The pair met in Manchester just seven months ago with the New Zealander emerging victorious following a split decision on the judges’ scorecards, although Chisora insists he was robbed and will be chomping at the bit for revenge against the former WBO world champion.

Boxing is seldom dull when ‘Del Boy’ is in town and we don’t expect things to be much different in the build-up this week. Here’s everything you need to know about this feisty festive showdown...

Where: AO Arena, Manchester

When: Saturday 18 December. The main card will begin at 7pm with Parker vs Chisora expected to start at around 10pm.

How To Watch: The fight will be broadcast exclusively on DAZN in the UK.

Tale Of The Tape:

Parker

Place Of Birth: South Auckland, New Zealand

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Age: 29

Alias: Lupesoliai La'auliolemalietoa

Record: 29-2 (21)

Height: 6’4’’

Reach: 76’’

Stance: Orthodox

Chisora

Place Of Birth: Mbare, Zimbabwe

Residence: Finchley, London

Age: 37

Alias: Del Boy

Record: 32-11-0 (23)

Height: 6′1½″

Reach: 74’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight:

The two fought a compelling encounter when they met in May. Chisora caught Parker napping in the first seven seconds with a big right hand that sent the Kiwi to the canvas. The Brit gave the visitor fits in the early stages but Parker grew into the fight from the fourth round, upping his work rate and the fight’s tempo. Chisora needed a knockout in the final stanza for any chance of winning and almost roared back as Parker took his foot off the pedal, but the 29-year-old managed to cling on for a close but deserved decision. This one is finely poised for the rematch.

What They Say:

Parker

“That’s my goal, to become two-time world champion. I'm well positioned at the moment with the rankings, but with COVID it's hard to lock in fights so thanks to everyone for getting this made and Chisora for accepting it again. It’s good to be out three times this year and you’ve just got to take the opportunities when they come.

“I feel like I’ll finish this fight within the distance, I’ve got a good feeling.”

Chisora

“I know for a fact come 18th December, we are going to war. Joseph Parker doesn’t scare me, he hasn’t got anything that I’m scared of. He doesn't have power punches. I don’t know how they gave him the last fight to be honest with you, I’m just disappointed they gave it to him.

“I 100% won the first fight, I was the more pressure fighter, I was making the fight happen – all he wanted to do was hold. The whole Kronk style of holding and resting on you, that’s what they do – it’s good for them.”

Full Card:

Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker II 

Lerrone Richards vs Carlos Gongora, IBO super-middleweight title

Zelfa Barrett vs Bruno Tarimo

Lee McGregor vs Narek Abgaryan, EBU European bantamweight title

Jack Cullen vs Emre Cukur, vacant EBU European super-middleweight title

Jordan Thompson vs Clement Oppenot

Rhiannon Dixon vs TBA

David Nyika vs TBA

Sandy Ryan vs TBA

Chisora is 11/5 to beat Parker with Betfred*

*18+ | BeGambleAware

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