Chisora: "I Put The Fear Of God In Joe"
Derek Chisora believes he puts "the fear in god" in Joseph
Parker and says he expects the former WBO Heavyweight World
Champion to run when they clash over 12 rounds at the AO
Arena, Manchester this Saturday May 1, live on Sky Sports
Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all markets excluding
the UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Samoa.
Former World Title challenger Chisora (32-10, 23 KOs) was
last seen pushing Ukraineís pound-for-pound star Oleksandr
Usyk all of the way in their 12-round battle for the WBO
Intercontinental Heavyweight Title at The SSE Arena, Wembley
last October, and the fan favourite is chomping at the bit
for his next challenge.
A meeting between the pair scheduled for October 2019 fell
through at three-and-a-half weeksí notice when Parkerís team
revealed he was suffering from the aftereffects of a spider
bite. Chisora, who was unconvinced with Team Parkerís
reasons for pulling out in 2019, has labelled Parker a
Ďchickení during the fight build-up and says he has
unfinished business with the Heavyweight contender.
ďI think he pulled out because he had problems for himself
in America, and in New Zealand and Australia, so thatís why
he pulled out," said Chisora. "I donít blame him. Things
happen, people pull out of fights. But you have to have a
good excuse. Him saying he had a spider bite was shambles of
an excuse to be honest with you. But it happens, what can I
say? Iím going to punch him up. Iím expecting Joseph to run
away. That is 100%. I know for a fact heís going to run
ďGreat for him heís looking to become a World Champion, but
it doesnít mean nothing to me. Iím just going to pound on
him when I see him. What can I do better than Joseph Parker?
Thatís a good question. Everything. The fight is going to be
a great fight, weíre going to push on it, train hard and go
crazy about it. You know the routine man Ė WAR. Expect what
I always deliver. Beat the guy and pound on the guy. Destroy
that guy. Confidence. I put the fear of god him in. I am
bringing pain and war.
ďTime is the most important thing, you know, and I donít
have much time in boxing, so anytime I go Iíll just take any
fights I want to have because time is running out. Most
people donít want to fight me because Iím a headache. I
bring it. I love fighting. I want the people at home to pay
their money to watch me do what I need to do. Iím taking
this fight because I want to win it.
"The way I look at it in boxing is, if you can bring numbers
to the gate, bums on seats, youíre in a great position. If
you donít, youíre not. So when people say you're in great
position for fighting for Titles and stuff like that, I
donít believe so. I just look at it like, Iíve got a fight
here and this is how many people are going to be watching my
fight and Iím excited about that. You know, being mandatory
and in eliminators, itís a headache bro. Iím happy, Iím
happy to fight. Iím happy to bring entertainment to peopleís
houses through television and stuff like that so Iím just
excited and ready to go."
Chisora vs. Parker tops a huge night of action in
Manchester, Irish star Katie Taylor (17-0, 6 KOs) defends
her Undisputed Lightweight crown against former amateur
rival Natasha Jonas (9-1-1, 7 KOs), undefeated WBA
Light-Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs)
puts his Title on the line against Craig Richards (16-1-1, 9
KOs), Chris Eubank Jr (29-2, 22 KOs) returns against Marcus
Morrison (23-3, 16 KOs), Belfast's James Tennyson (28-3, 24
KOs) faces Mexico's Jovanni Straffon (23-3-1, 16 KOs) for
the IBO Lightweight World Title, Preston Super-Welterweight
Scott Fitzgerald (14-0, 9 KOs) makes his long awaited return
and Lightweight prospect Campbell Hatton (1-0) fights in his
home city for the first time as a pro.