Strap yourself in for an epic collision between two heavyweights who take no prisoners
By Virgin TV Edit
It’s been a long time in the making, but Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker are finally ready to tear the house down when they go head to head on Saturday 1 May.
The two fighters will be stepping into the ring at Manchester Arena with plenty to settle – and you can watch all the explosive action live on Sky Sports Box Office. Just head to the bottom of the page to find out how to order the event.
From what’s at stake for both men to the other fights featuring on the awesome undercard, we answer the big questions around this huge night of boxing…
What’s the lowdown on this showdown?
If two of boxing’s most ferocious heavyweights slugging it out sounds like your cup of tea, then you need a big glug of the action when Britain’s Derek “Del Boy” Chisora and New Zealand’s Joseph Parker square off at Manchester Arena. This one should come with a health warning, because it’s going to be an all-out war.
What’s on the line for the fighters?
With the heavyweight division looking as exciting as it ever has, the winner of this bout will give themselves a shot at challenging for a belt in the near future. While Chisora must win to stop his faint title aspirations fading altogether, promoter Eddie Hearn believes Parker could secure a bout against one of the big boys if he comes out on top.
Wasn’t this fight meant to happen a couple of years ago?
Correctomundo. The pair were originally due to battle it out at London’s O2 Arena in October 2019, but the bout was postponed after Parker fell ill following a spider bite. Ouch. With David Price stepping in to replace Parker, the big Liverpudlian was stopped by Chisora inside four rounds.
Who’s the favourite?
That would be Parker. The 29-year-old is currently higher than Chisora in the heavyweight rankings and is considered more of a threat to the top dogs of the heavyweight division. Parker comes into the fight having won his last four bouts, while Chisora’s last outing saw him lose to Ukrainian bruiser Oleksandr Usyk. There’s no shame in that, but it’s all starting to look like the last chance saloon for the Brit. Chisora, however, is at his most dangerous when his back is against the wall.
What else has Eddie Hearn said?
“That’s just going to go off, from the first bell, that fight,” the Matchroom Boxing supremo recently told Sky Sports. “For Del Boy, of course it’s last roll of the dice, in a big, big heavyweight fight. When has he not given us anything but unbelievable entertainment?”
Who is on the undercard?
Ireland’s Katie Taylor will be taking on Natasha Jonas in a huge encounter for the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO Lightweight belts, while Craig Richards will be going head to head with Dimitry Bivol for the WBA Light-Heavyweight crown. It’s also a big night for Chris Eubank Jr, who returns to the ring for the first time since December 2019 to face Marcus Morrison.
Ahead of their big showdown, see how Chisora and Parker measure up...
When is Chisora v Parker on TV?
This huge night of boxing starts at 6pm on Saturday 1 May on Sky Sports Box Office. It is available to order now and costs £20.95 (HD) or £19.95 (SD).
How can I order the fight?
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