Promoter Eddie Hearn says Joseph Parker could get closer to the world title fight next year if he defeats Derek Chiso. Boxing News
Joseph Parker will be on the verge of getting a “fragmented” world heavyweight belt if he can demolish Derek Chisora’s high-profile intentions, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
New Zealand will face Chisora on 1 May directly at the Sky Sports box office, and victory would strengthen its top position in the standings; he is third with the WBO and sixth with the IBF and WBC.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a two-fight contract, starting with an undisputed world title this summer, and Hearn believes Parker would be well positioned to challenge him if he leaves the belts in 2022.
“That’s the only thing that will come out of that first fight, that fight,” Hearn said Sky Sports.
“Actually, Joseph Parker has been at the top since he won the Junior Fa. He is in the top five and has six pairs of governing bodies.
“If he plays Chisora, probably when those belts are torn apart in 2022, the fight is important for him.”
The former WBO champion would face Chisora in October 2019, but the spider bite caused him to cancel the fight.
Chisora defeated David Price, although his last resurgence with Oleksandr Usyk was a point loss the previous October.
“Sometimes I think people don’t give Del Boy enough credit,” Hearn said.
“He lost a competitive fight with Oleksandr Usyk, who is an undeniable champion of the pound-to-pound weight.
“Parker ‘s style will suit him much better.
“The two boys have teamed up with a new training team. Great, great men. Andy Lee, of course, in the corner of Joe Parker and Buddy McGirt in the corner of Chisora. It’s going to be an interesting fight.”
Chisora knows that victory is essential to reviving hopes in the face of a world belt.
“For Del Boy, of course, it’s the last roll of the dice, in a big heavyweight fight,” Hearn added.
“When has it given us more than unbelievable entertainment?
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Dillian Whyte 1, Dillian Whyte 2, Szpilka. Takam was one of the most exciting fights I’ve ever seen. Usyk here and Parker’s fight will be no different.”