It has been confirmed that on the 1st of May 2021 we will have a heavyweight contest between Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker. The fight will take place in London and is a hugely anticipated contest following the cancellation of their previously proposed meeting in 2019 when Parker was forced to pull out of the contest due to a spider bite.
We hope there are going to be no such issues in the lead up to this bout and it is set to be a great night of boxing.
Speaking about the night of boxing, promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I think it’s the best card I’ve ever put on. I do say that nearly every week but I’m looking at it here.
“Every fight on the card could be a Saturday night fight night headliner.
“And actually, we’re going to look to announce five fights on Friday. At least two of them are too big – probably three of them – are too big to headline Saturday night fight nights.
“So it’s a really good card. Really good card.”
Chisora is an experienced fighter and has been competing at the professional level for 14 years. However, a look back on his career shows he struggles when coming up against high quality boxers. There have been defeats at the hands of Tyson Fury (twice), Dillian Whyte (twice), Vitali Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev, and Oleksandr Usyk.
There have been some questionable decisions that have gone against Chisora in the past but there is no doubt he has struggled when stepping up to the big time. Perhaps the greatest victory of his career came against Carlos Takam, who Chisora knocked out in the eighth round and Takam has taken Parker all the way.
Parker comes into the contest with a superior record against the biggest names. The New Zealander has fought Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr, Hughie Fury and Dillian Whyte, and the 2016 decision victory over Ruiz Jr to win the vacant WBO title remains the standout moment of his career.
A look at his recent record shows Parker has ended three of his last four fights early but the level of competition must be brought into question. However, the likes of Hughie Fury, Joshua, Ruiz Jr, Takam, and Razvan Cojanu have been able to absorb his best shots, which means perhaps the best chance of a victory for Parker comes by way of decision.
The reach advantage of Parker means he may be able to keep Chisora at bay and it would make sense for him to use this wisely throughout the fight. If Parker keeps his distance and uses his jab, that could be a method of success for the Kiwi.