Dereck Chisora vs. Joseph Parker confirmed for May 1

Dereck Chisora will take on Joseph Parker to headline a card on May 1, also featuring Katie Taylor, Natasha Jonas, Dmitry Biovl and Chris Eubank Jr.

The fight will be shown on DAZN around the world except in the UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Samoa.

Chisora last fought in October when he lost to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk, and has been planning a fight with New Zealand boxer Parker since 2019. In October of that year a fight between the pair fell through when Parker was bitten by a spider, something which Chisora disputed. 

Parker fought in New Zealand in February this year against compatriot Junior Fa to a points victory, reaching a number three ranking by the WBO.

“We’ve been here before, in 2019 I flew to Vegas to film the 'Face To Face' with Parker, I called Haye as soon as I left and told him, ‘This guy isn’t going to get in the ring with me’, I could see the fear in his eyes,” said Chisora. 

“Now, second time around I hope he fights, I’m looking forward to the fight, I cannot wait to get back in the ring! I love fighting, it is what I love the most. Good luck to Joseph Parker and his new team, we shall see you for WAR on May 1!”

“I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career with a new coach and some fresh ideas,” said Parker. 

“Chisora and I have unfinished business and inside the ring one of us will get the job done. I am well aware that a win on British soil and on world-wide television will put me in pole position whereas a loss will be catastrophic.  I am more than up for the challenge. Bring it on Del Boy.”

Taylor and Jonas will recreate their 2012 Olympics quarter-final fight, which ended with Taylor the victor. This time Taylor’s WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine lightweight belts will be on the line.

"Natasha proved in her last fight that she is still performing at the highest level so it's a great challenge for me and I'm really looking forward to it,” said Taylor. “It's a fight that people have been asking for and those are the type of fights you want to be part of.” 

"I'm really excited about getting the fight, I made a lot of noise about not wanting to go down in level or class after establishing myself on the world stage in my last fight,” said Jonas. “I know Katie is a different type of animal to Terri Harper, but I believe every time I'm asked to step up, I do. I said I wanted to be a champion and anybody at 130 to 140 was in my sights, I know I'm a world class boxer and I can win a world title.”

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