PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Derek Chisora arrives in Manchester exuding confidence as he gears up for Saturday’s hotly anticipated heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker
- Derek Chisora and Jospeh Parker will finally meet in Manchester on Saturday
- The heavyweights were meant to fight in October 2019 but Parker pulled out
- Sportsmail’s exclusive pictures show Chisora in a relaxed mood in the build-up
Derek Chisora has arrived in Manchester ahead of his hotly anticipated heavyweight showdown against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker on Saturday night.
The 37-year-old Chisora was initially meant to take on Parker back in 2019 but the New Zealander withdrew because of an illness that was blamed on a spider bite.
Now, 18 months down the line, they are finally set to fight at the Manchester Arena and Sportsmail’s exclusive pictures show Chisora in confident spirits in the final few days of his preparations.
Derek Chisora arrived in Manchester on Tuesday as he gears up to fight Joseph Parker
Chisora was meant to fight Parker back in 2019 but the New Zealander withdrew with illness
The 37-year-old Chisora cut a confident figure as he ramps up his focus on the fight
It’s a different world to the one back in 2019 when their encounter was first scheduled. Both fighters will now be entering Covid-secure bubbles ahead of the showdown and Chisora was snapped taking a test for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
‘I just want to fight,’ Chisora told talkSPORT. ‘It is good entertainment for the British public and the world on May 1.’
Parker was once the WBO belt holder, defeating Andy Ruiz in Auckland to claim the title back in 2016 before he was then beaten and dethroned by Anthony Joshua in 2018.
But Chisora is dismissive of Parker’s achievements.
‘If I had boxed for the title he won in New Zealand, I would have won it as well,’ Chisora told The Mirror. ‘There’s not much really happening in New Zealand.
‘If that fight was on a different continent he’d have lost it because when Ruiz was bringing the heat on and pushing the fight… it went Joe’s way because it was his show.
‘But really and truly I’ve got respect for Joe and I don’t have anything bad to say about Joe because he hasn’t done anything bad in the sport.’
It’s a different world from what Chisora was used to in 2019 – now, he must have a Covid test
Chisora has dismissed Parker’s career achievements in the build-up to their fight
Chisora heads into Saturday’s fight eyeing what would be the 33rd victory of his career
Chisora heads into the fight off the back of a defeat by Oleksandr Usyk, while Parker is in a bullish mood after linking up with a new trainer in Andy Lee.
‘I’m looking forward to it,’ Parker said. ‘Andy [Lee, his new trainer] is a very good teacher. My style hasn’t changed a lot but it’s improved and looks a lot better. It’s refreshing.
‘It’s a new voice. The whole package, the whole team, different gyms — it’s all exciting and all new. I feel like I’m at the beginning my career again.’
Chisora has 32 wins and 10 defeats in his career while Parker, 29, has 28 victories and two losses to his name.
New Zealander Parker is relishing the showdown and praised the impact of his new coach
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