Parker-Chisora Finally Near Deal
After months of “frustrating communication,” Joseph Parker is near a deal to return to the United Kingdom to face Dereck Chisora this October.
When speaking with Sky Sports, Parker’s manager, David Higgins, explained the deal for an October 26th clash in London should be signed in a few days.
“It’s pretty close to being done,” Higgins said. “It’s been talked about for months and we finally received an offer yesterday which we will accept. The email we received is for October in London and we will take it.
“We haven’t been told if we’re the main event or not, only that Parker is the B-side despite being part of one of the biggest PPV’s in UK history and then having another huge fight against Dillian Whyte.
“It has been hard to get a deal done, Haye and Hearn talked a good game but they’ve simply left us waiting,” Higgins said, casting shade at Hearn, who is now the lead promoter for Parker. “We wanted the fight in April but we ran out of time, Joe wouldn’t have been able to have a proper training camp. We have tried to be polite behind the scenes but it’s been difficult.
“I do like Haye and Hearn, but they’re very wealthy British toffs, communication has been very poor on their part. For the AJ-Parker fight, Hearn was returning my calls straight away, but for this, I’ve been ignored for the most part.”
“We’ve been in the UK on three occasions now, we had a big disagreement over the referee when fighting Hughie Fury, then against Anthony Joshua, the ref was on their team, he would never let Joe get up close and protected ‘AJ’ throughout,” Higgins said of prior trips to the U.K.
“Last year against Whyte, Joe received a concussive headbutt which was somehow called a knockdown. If that’s called correctly, the fight ends in a draw. Of course, we expect the opposition to again behave like dogs, all we want is a fair fight with fair terms.”
“If I’m a conspiracy theorist, Chisora’s team are trying to get an advantage, they want him to be the A-side, but we think Parker, who has the better win record, deserves it,” the manager told Sky Sports. “He’s also now a Matchroom Boxing fighter. If it’s Chisora-Parker or Parker-Chisora, we really don’t care.
Initial Report: Sky Sports