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Joseph Parker out of Dereck Chisora fight

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Hearn seeking new opponent for Dereck Chisora after illness forces Joseph Parker to pull out

HEAVYWEIGHT Dereck Chisora is looking for a new opponent after Joseph Parker pulled out of their fight at O2 Arena due to illness.

The pair were set to meet on October 26 on the undercard to the World Boxing Super Series super-lightweight final between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis.

Promoter Eddie Hearn tweeted: “Due to illness, @joeboxerparker is out of the @DerekWarChisora fight on October 26. We are working on a suitable replacement and will make a further announcement this week”.

Joseph Parker
New Zealand’s Parker is an unassuming heavyweight Esther Lin/Showtime

Chisora, 35, had complained last month about not being the main event of the London show.

He said: “Give me main event or pull me out of the show. I’m not going to sell out the O2 for them guys to be the main event.

“I’m being serious, you want me to sell it out to the London crowd, my London fans, then put these little guys that no one knows about on my show and mug me off.

“I’m taking the main stage, if not I want more money.”

Chisora has won 31 of his 40 career bouts while Parker’s two defeats both came on British soil in 2018 – against Anthony Joshua in Cardiff and Dillian Whyte in London.

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  • It would help if Parker’s team explained what type of illness he has, as the fight is still over 3 weeks away and a week off of training would not be the end of the world at this stage of his preparations, so it must be a significant issue to have to call it off.

  • A decent replacement heavyweight, who is already in shape, won’t be found with only 24 days to go – unless Eddie had the sense to make sure a good reserve was also preparing just in case (doubtful).

  • Bearing in mind Hearn will have to find a heavyweight who is already in some kind of shape and is not tied to another opponent, it might be difficult to find a good enough opponent for Chisora to continue to justify this as a PPV show.

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