This Saturday sees Parker V Chisora. The two heavyweight hopefuls will clash in Manchester knowing that defeat will likely rule them out of having a chance to take on any of the top ranked fighters in the division, including the current champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
With much of the focus in the division being on an announcement for a venue for the prospective unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, with the likes of Oleksandr Usyk and Dillian Whyte waiting patiently to fight the winner, Saturday’s bout represents a chance for the winner to push themselves into contention as a future opponent for either Champion.
The bout takes place at the Manchester Arena and features a very impressive undercard that sees Chris Eubank Jr. make his return to the ring as well as a very exciting women’s contest between undefeated World Champion Katie Taylor and challenger Natasha Jonas.
However, it is the main event which has most people interested as two experienced boxers go head to head in what is viewed as the last chance for both of them to become credible challengers for the top prizes in the division.
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Parker V Chisora Preview
- Career Record – 28-2
- Height – 6ft 4”
- Age – 29
- Nationality – New Zealand
- Stance – Orthodox
The first Parker V Chisora bout was supposed to take place back in 2019, but it was cancelled after Joseph Parker was bitten by a spider and was unable to fight.
Parker is a former WBO Heavyweight World Title holder, beating Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2016 to claim the belt. He held onto it for just over a year, defending is title against Razvan Cojanu and Hughie Fury, before losing it to Anthony Joshua.
A few months later, Parker was back in the ring taking on Dillian Whyte, with the English fighter coming out on top by unanimous decision and that defeat left Parker out of the frame in the heavyweight division.
However since then he has notched up four wins in succession over Alexander Flores, Alex Leapai, Shawndell Winters and Junior Fa to set up the bout with another UK-based fighter in Dereck Chisora.
- Career Record – 32-10
- Height – 6ft 2”
- Age – 37
- Nationality – British
- Stance – Orthodox
In a 14-year career, Dereck Chisora has been in the ring with many of the top rated fighters in the division today. He has fought the likes of Usyk, Whyte, Takam, Pulev and twice fought (and lost to) Tyson Fury. He has also fought other now retired Champions in David Haye and Vitali Klitschko.
You certainly cannot accuse Chisora of ducking any challenge in his career and he will be looking to bounce back after suffering his 10th loss of his career against Oleksandr Usyk in his last bout back in October.
At age 37, this is arguably Chisora’s last chance to push his name into contention as a future contender for a heavyweight world title bout. Defeat here against the younger Parker would likely end any ambitions of another challenge for that elusive World Title.
A powerful hitter, Chisora has tended to come up short against some of the top operators in the heavyweight division with his best win probably coming against Carlos Takam in July 2018.
Who Wins Parker V Chisora?
A look at the odds of the Parker V Chisora fight with BetMGM Sportsbook reveals that the New Zealander is the 4/7 favorite to land the win, with Chisora the 11/8 outsider. The draw, which would not suit either boxer, is a 22/1 shot.
However, I am going to go against the grain here. Parker is a solid fighter and he is hard to get the better of, however Chisora is a very heavy puncher and if Parker is not fully focused here, then Chisora has it in him to secure an upset win.
As such, I am going for a surprise Chisora win here at 11/8.