IF the main event between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker is essentially ‘The Anthony Joshua Semi-Final’, then a July 28 undercard fight between Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam, announced today (June 15), represents a quarter-final.
Both fights are watchable, and both owe a debt to Joshua, whose sizeable hands and profile have blessed these match-ups and made pay-per-view attractions of decent heavyweight fare. Without him, the two fights would remain interesting, and certainly be worth one’s attention. But it’s because of him, and because of the fact he has boxed three of the four men mentioned, that Whyte vs. Parker and now Chisora vs. Takam benefit from a different kind of focus and exposure.
“I’m delighted to get another big heavyweight clash over the line for July 28 – this is a great fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “For ‘Del Boy’, it’s a real last chance saloon at world level and for Takam it’s a chance to push for another world title shot after a strong showing against AJ. July 28 is going to be a huge night of boxing at The O2.”