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  Parker vs. Chisora II Press Conference

Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport Chairman:

This is a huge night of boxing in Manchester on December 18 and the wonderful Manchester Arena. Of course, the main event everyone talks about, last time a real close-run fight between Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora, they do it all again this time in front of fans.

What a card we have for you to close out the year, live and exclusively on DAZN. We are having ten shows in the next seven weeks in six different countries, of course were here to talk about a tremendous card on December 18.

Some of the undercard are in huge fights, career defining fights, and of course in the COVID world we live in today a lot of their opponents staying in their own country to prepare to fly over shortly for their challenge.

We managed to get this fight on again, thanks to both guys for accepting the rematch for this fight. Last time out this was one fight I was so disappointed was behind closed doors. Derek Chisora is a guy who thrives on the big arenas and atmospheres, youve seen Joseph Parker box at Millennium Stadium in front of 70,000, against Dillian Whyte in front of 20,000 at The O2.

We cannot wait to see the fans back in Manchester Arena for not just a great card but a really good Heavyweight fight.

Joseph Parker Auckland, New Zealand 29-2, 21 KOs defending his WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title against Derek Chisora:

Its great to be back here in the UK, Andy Lee the coach, the main man, and Johnny Ward and the rest of the team back in Morecombe. Im excited because its the first rematch in my career, Im excited to start seeing the improvements Ive been making in camp when Ive been away in New Zealand and the things that Andy and I have been working on.

We didnt have the longest camp last time but weve had a longer camp this time so there are no excuses. I did watch the fight back and I thought I won so Im not sure, he thought he won too so thats why were here again.

Derek is one tough guy, he comes forward and puts on the pressure, like he said bite the gumshield and throw the kitchen sink, thats exactly what he did and what hes going to do for the next fight. I feel like this fight is going to different, Ive had a lot more time to work on things that Andy has suggested I work on and now that Im here with him in camp my confidence is growing every day seeing the improvements.

I feel like this is the place to be you know, I have this fight with Derek in front of me and there are a lot more fights out there that can be made. We have to make these sacrifices as fighters, I know a lot of fighters that make sacrifices, Im away from my wife and family, my parents, I feel like its my time to make it count.

Thats my goal, to become two-time World Champion, Im well positioned at the moment with the rankings but with COVID its hard lock in fights so thanks to everyone for getting this made and Chisora for accepting it again. Its good to out three times this year and youve just got to take the opportunities when they come.

I feel like Ill finish this fight within the distance, Ive got a good feeling.

Andy Lee, trainer of Joseph Parker:

We only had five weeks last time, it just wasnt enough time to affect any change or embed any habits or instincts we were trying to work on. In saying that, Derek only had the same time with Buddy McGirt. This time Joseph has a greater understanding of what were trying to do, its as much about the mindset as it is about the technical side.

It will be a good fight, Ive seen a change in Joseph from the last fight and compared to the work weve done in between, hes definitely focused. I think Joseph sees an opportunity for himself, the way the Heavyweight division is now, Joe fully believes when he gets past Chisora, hes right there with any of them. I have no qualms with putting him in with anybody.

Hell never fight Tyson Fury because theyre as close to brothers, but anybody else in that division Id be very comfortable with putting Joseph in with them. These young fighters here in front of me, Im a big fan of all of them, Im looking forward to the fight and for Joe to show exactly what he can do.

Having David in the opposite corner brings a bit of trepidation to me, Dave was in my corner for 2/3 of the biggest fights of my career. I know what he brings, the knowledge he has, when youre someone like Chisora small adjustments can make a big change.

Thats probably what theyll be looking to do. Chisora isnt going to come out and box, jab and move, hes going to come forward and bring the fight. Small adjustments will make a big change, so we have to be ready for that. Thats what were preparing to do, Joes working extremely hard and were well ahead of schedule, Im very happy.

Derek Chisora Finchley, London 32-11, 23 KO's challenging Joseph Parker for the WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title:

Two fights behind closed doors, Usyk and Parker, Manchester again. Im half excited and half not, Im happy for the fight but I might be disappointed with what comes with the fight to be honest with you. Im going to speak to my management team at 258 that we get an American referee and good judges for this fight because so many times Ive been robbed, in Helsinki, the first one here with Dillian it gets a bit frustrating.

Im happy the rematch is on, Im excited and Ive got David Coldwell now with me. Right now, Im not buzzing yet, but I want to say this honestly to the press and to you Eddie, I need you to get a good referee, an American referee, not a BBBofC referee because those guys in the past have messed me around. If Robert Smith is listening, I do not want your referee to ref me for this fight.

I know for a fact come 18 December; we are going to war. Joseph Parker doesnt scare me; he hasnt got anything that Im scared of. He hasnt power punches, I dont know how they gave him the last fight to be honest with you, Im just disappointed they gave it to him.

I 100% won the first fight, I was the more pressure fighter, I was making the fight happen all he wanted to do was hold. The whole Kronk style of holding and resting on you, thats what they do its good for them.

The name of the game ladies and gentlemen is boxing, bite your gumshield and chuck the leather. There isnt any point of trying to tip-toe boxing, it doesnt work, bite the gumshield and chuck the kitchen sink thats the name of the game for me. We are coming to war, thats why people love watching me, were coming to fight. Ive never been in boxing my life; were coming to fight.

I was saying this morning in the gym, boxing life is short, and you have to grab with both hands the ups and downs, the wins and losses, you have to enjoy it while youre doing it. You dont want to have any regrets when you hang up your gloves and say why didnt I train harder for this fight.

I love it, I enjoy training and waking up on the M1 coming to Sheffield every Sunday. I love going back to my family, I love coming back seeing Dave and staying in a hotel. I love it and its the same as my opponent, he leaves his family and comes to Europe to train when hes so far away from his wife and kids. This time we have is not long, so I always tell myself thank god for everything I have today waking up every morning, loving this game we have boxing.

Dave Coldwell, trainer of Derek Chisora:

The thing about Derek is, he loves this sport and loves fighting. But what gets him going is real fights, hes not one of these fighters that when he gets to a certain level, he just wants to cash out against mediocre opposition that he believes hes going to beat easily. He wants to test himself, and if you look at his resume and the fighters hes fought, that shows and what gets him going.

The Joseph Parker fight is a fight that since the first one thats all hes spoke about. The first one was a very good fight, it was close, regardless of who you thought won it makes no difference, Joseph Parker won the fight. Dereks going in there to reverse the result and put on a performance.

Hes [Chisora] working so hard, not just hard but smart. Hes a real pleasure to coach, people think he must be so hard to work with, hes not, this time around hes working with the younger guys in the gym hes a great inspiration to them. The difference with Derek this time around is he trains, he foes his work, then he stays behind and watch the sparring with the other guys.

Hes almost enjoying being around the environment a little bit more, he seems happier and like I said the work is brilliant. I cant knock what hes doing right now and were still weeks away from the fight. Im quite excited to see Derek put it together on fight night, we understand its going to be a hard fight.

Ive got all the respect in the world for Andy Lee, hes such an intelligent man, he knows everything about this sport. All his fighters are dangerous, good fighters, and I expect because hes had more time with Parker this time around I expect a better version of him, but I expect a better version of Derek, this is going to be a great fight.

Lerrone Richards New Malden, England 15-0, 3 KOs challenging Carlos Gongora for the IBO Super-Middleweight World Title:

Im very excited for this fight, I cant wait to showcase my skills and show everybody what Im about once again. Im very confident about this fight, youre going to see more of Lerrone Richards with a little bit more spice, I cant wait.

I was very adamant from when I started my professional career to box at every level, winning the British, Commonwealth, European Title and this is the next step. I cant wait, Im at this level, I believe my skills are beyond this level, its time for me to showcase this on December 18.

Jack Cullen Little Lever, England 20-2-1, 9 KOs challenging Emre Cukur for the vacant European Super-Middleweight Title:

A European Title is every boxers dream; Im going to go in there and get the job done. Little Lever, there was only 25 at fight camp, wait until theres 1000 of them at Manchester Arena. Its going to be amazing and Im looking forward to, thanks for putting me on this card, its a brilliant card.

We had a game plan from day one when we found out we were fighting Yildirim it worked. Its all down to Michael and Dave my coaches, at the end of the day well go again. Weve watched this guy; well get a game plan, and well get him beat.

I think its going to be an easy fight, but well see. Like you said, Ive never been in an easy fight, Im going to stick it on him anyway hes having it the lad.

Zelfa Barrett Manchester, England 26-1, 16 KOs fighting Bruno Tarimo in an Eliminator for the IBF Super-Featherweight World Title:

This is the kind of fight I need in Manchester; Ive not boxed in front of a crowd in two years so Im excited to just fight. Ill put on a performance, Bruno is no pushover, hes there to take me out, hes rugged, he will give it. Hes made for me, you know hes not going to stand there and box, hes going to come to fight and give it his all, Im ready for that.

This is whats in my mind constantly, its on my doorstep, put on a great performance. Stevenson is awesome, youve got to give credit where its due, but the rest of the champions arent the strongest. These guys are beatable, Im in my range to beat these guys so I just need to put on a performance, get the win. My focus is on Bruno December 18, Im going to win and be looking good as well.

David Nyika Hamilton, New Zealand 1-0, 1 KO fighting in a four-round Cruiserweight contest:

I feel very privileged to be here, Im in the heart of professional boxing here so this is a massive opportunity for me. Im looking to put myself on notice in the Cruiserweight division.

I think theres a lot more to professional boxing than I initially thought, I feel like Im rebuilding Rome starting to work with Andy Lee. Im in great company with the likes of Joseph Parker, the Furys are in camp, Im a sponge right now and this is a great opportunity for me to grow, learn and develop as a boxer also as a person.

Jordan Thompson Manchester, England 11-0, 9 KOs fighting in a six-round Cruiserweight contest:

Its a pleasure to be able to get out and stay active, keep the momentum going. It was good to get the win in the style I did, making a little bit of an announcement on the scene, it felt like my debut again its been that long. Im keen to keep going, keep the momentum going and put on a show in front of my home fans. Back in Manchester, my hometown, Im looking forward to it.

At the end of the day, I will always be going for the knockout. I let my hands go with bad intentions, but theres going to come a day where I need to get rounds in, Im going to need to learn Im still learning on the job. I do need to get those rounds in but Im sure theyll come; timing is everything. Well go out there and aim to get another knockout December 18.

Sandy Ryan Derby, England 2-0, 1 KO fighting in an eight-round Super-Lightweight contest:

Im looking forward to it, to be on a great card, a big card like this. Lets go and put on another big performance.

I know what level Im at and I think Ive showed in my first two fight. I boxed different in my first two fights and theres more to come next year, get me some title fights Eddie.

Ill be going into every fight meaning business. Hurtful business.

Rhiannon Dixon Wigan, England 3-0 fighting in a four-round Lightweight contest:

I cant wait, it was unfortunate what happened last time but its great to be on such amazing card. Its the return back at the Manchester Arena and Im just excited to show people what I can do.

Womens boxing is just getting bigger and bigger and the more that people like myself and Sandy are on these shows and putting on amazing performances, were changing peoples opinions of womens boxing. Im just excited to where things are going and showing people what I can do on December 18.


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