Parker-Chisora Fight Halted Due To Contract Talks

A potential April 20th showdown between Dereck Chisora and former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has gone up in-smoke after contract negotiations blew up.

“We signaled last week that we were at the 11th hour and we weren’t going to run a short camp,” David Higgins, Parker’s promoter claimed in an interview with New Zealand Herald on Thursday. “Suddenly they’re all over me now.

“I got a text from Eddie Hearn (Chisora’s promoter) this morning and David Haye (Chisora’s longtime heated rival-turned-manager) has reached out. I like them both but I think their approach to the process is cowardly.”

Parker would have been making his return to the United Kingdom for the first time since his back-to-back losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in 2018.

His promoter David Higgins would go off on the negotiations done by Hearn and Haye, claiming they were trying to force the former world champion into a no-win situation.

“[Chisora’s] approach was cowardly in that he watched his compatriot Dillian Whyte basically force Joe into a seven-week camp with home advantage and officials and instead of trying to run a fair fight with a fair lead time,” Higgins believes. “Del Boy has been in camp for three weeks.

“They’re basically trying to steal a few weeks of advantage – and home advantage. There is a saying that beggars can’t be choosers; but I’m both so this fight won’t be happening on those terms.”

Initial Report: New Zealand Herald

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