• February 5, 2023

Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker confirmed, plus Katie Taylor v Natasha Jonas

Chisora ​​and Parker were originally scheduled to meet in 2019

The battle of British heavyweight Derek Chisora ​​and former world champion Joseph Parker has been confirmed for May 1st as part of an exciting card.

The undisputed world lightweight champion Katie Taylor will also defend her title against Natasha Jonas.

New Zealand’s Parker stood close to Chisora ​​in October 2019 but withdrew after being bitten by a spider.

“I’m looking forward to the fight, I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” said 37-year-old Chisora.

A venue has yet to be announced, but Parker, who held the WBO heavyweight world title before losing points to Anthony Joshua, said the fight would take place on British soil.

The 29-year-old, who continues to look for a way back to a shot at one of the heavyweight championship champions, added: “I look forward to starting this new chapter in my career with a new coach and some fresh ideas.

“Chisora ​​and I have pending deals and in the ring one of us will do the work.

“I know that winning on British soil and on global television will put me in pole position, while losing will be catastrophic.”

Parker defeated compatriot Junior Fa on February 27, recording 28 wins and two losses. Chisora ​​lost to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk in October and has 32 wins from 42 professional matches.

Working with Andy Lee, who also works with Tyson Fury, Parker wants to train with the British to prepare for the fight.

“He’s not as tall as Chisora ​​and he doesn’t have the same style but I think being with a champion like him. If I can get in there and do a few laps with him or train next to him, that would be very beneficial, “he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“It’s exciting to be in an environment where you can stand out from the crowd.

“Now that I’ve changed camp and have a new coach, a new environment, I have to go out and make a statement – we’re working on it now so that I can climb and get closer to the challenge for the world title again.”

Irish Taylor and Liverpool fighter Jonas will face each other in the London 2012 Olympics quarter-finals, which Taylor won on her way to the gold medal.

“It’s a fight people have asked for and those are the fights you want to be in,” said Taylor, who has a 17-0 record.

“People are still talking about our fight in the 2012 Olympics and I think this has proven to be a real eye opener for people when it comes to what women’s boxing is all about.”

Chris Eubank Jr. meets Marcus Morrison in the all-British middleweight division and Russia’s undefeated WBA light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol will bring his title to the line against London fighter Craig Richards.

“This is one of the strongest shows we’ve advertised and more is to come,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Chisora ​​versus Parker is a brilliant match that has been brewing for years and Taylor versus Jonas is one of the greatest fights in women’s boxing.”

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