Here is all you need to know about Saturday nights event:
12 three-minute rounds in the heavyweight division.
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK from 6.00pm (channel 491 SD), (channel 492 HD) (NOW TV: via the Sky Sports Box Office app on Now TV Boxes and Now TV sticks) and (Virgin Media: Access the channel via the on-demand section on TiVo and V Boxes). Sky NZ Main-Event will have live coverage in New Zealand.
The main event is expected at around 10.45pm.
Fight card – The rundown
Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker – Heavyweight
Whyte (23–1, 17 KO’s) is on a seven fight win streak since his sole career loss against Anthony Joshua in December 2015, while Parker (24-1, 18 KO’s) owns only one loss, coming against ‘AJ’ in his last bout in March when he lost his WBO world title. A win for either man puts them in right at the top of the pile for a shot at either Deontay Wilder or Joshua, once that saga reaches a conclusion.
Katie Taylor vs Kimberly Connor – WBA and IBF lightweight titles
Taylor (9-0, 4 KO’s) competes in her fourth title fight in only her 10th bout since debuting in November 2016. Having picked up the WBA title in October 2017 beating Anahi Sanchez, Taylor added the IBF strap two fights later with a victory over Victoria Bustos. Taylor defends her two belts together for the first time against American Kimberly Connor (13-3-2, 5 KO’s), a former IBF world title challenger who came up short in 2011 losing to Amanda Serrano.
Dereck Chisora vs Carlos Takam – WBA International heavyweight title
Chisora (28-8, 20 KO’s) got back to winning ways with a victory against Zakaria Azzouzi (14-3-2, 10 KO’s) in March, having previously lost to Agit Kabayel in November 2017 for the European heavyweight title. Takam (35-4-1, 27 KO’s) was last seen taking Joshua 10 rounds in October 2017, despite a loss the Frenchman came away with much credit and his stock raised, ultimately putting him in line for bigger fights.
Conor Benn vs Cedrick Peynaud – Welterweight
A rematch from their December 2017 York Hall barnbarner which saw Benn (12-0, 9 KO’s) come back from two knockdowns to floor Peynaud (6-5-3, 4 KO’s) twice ultimately earning a points decision victory. The fight was intense and closer than the scorecards read, therefore leading to Benn wanting to prove himself with a more convincing win over his French rival.
Nick Webb vs Dave Allen – Heavyweight
Alen (13-4-2, 10 KO’s) competes for the first time since his June defeat against Olympic super-heavyweight gold medalist Tony Yoka in France. Webb (12-0, 10 KO’s) is faced with his biggest test yet as the two battle it out in a British title eliminator.
Frank Buglioni vs Emmanuel Feuzeu – Light-heavyweight
Buglioni (21-3-1, 15 KO’s) competes for the first time since dropping the British title against Callum Johnson in March, his comeback opponent Feuzeu (10-7-2, 4 KO’s), is a former WBC Latino light-heavyweight title holder, and will compete in the UK for the first time.
Anthony Fowler vs Craig O’Brien – Super-welterweight
Former GB Olympian Fowler (6-0, 5 KO’s) looks to keep up his high knockout ratio which he has maintained since his May 2017 debut, but his opponent O’Brien (8-0, 0 KO’s) is undefeated.