Sans Super Powers, Parker Recovers From Spider Bite
After suffering an injury/illness due to an alleged spider bite, former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is ready to return to the ring according to his manager.
Parker was set to face Dereck Chisora on October 26th as the co-feature for the WBSS final between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor.
The New Zealand based boxer would be pulled for David Price following the announcement of a training injury, which Parker’s manager David Higgins explained as a spider bite.
“He would love to return before the end of the year, absolutely. He has recovered from what was a three-week lay-off and he’s back training, but that’s really a question for Eddie Hearn. He’s the promoter and we’re at their behest. We’re realistic and we’re just waiting to hear back from Matchroom,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“He’s in good spirits, he’s back in training. I saw the British media sort of mocked the spider bite thing, but the honest feeling for the doctors, we think it actually was a spider bite. I’m no expert, but it sort of destroys your immune system, your health. You are fatigued. He was ordered by medical professionals to stand down for three weeks. Make no mistake, we wanted to fight Chisora, we still do. We’ll just see what happens.”
“It depends on how quickly Chisora can turnaround and whether Eddie Hearn or Frank Smith can pull some strings and get us on New York or Saudi Arabia,” said Higgins. “It would be a shame if Joseph had to sit out for eight months, but we remain hopeful,” Higgins said of a rescheduled fight between the two before the end of the decade.
“He’s still in camp, his family are with him in Vegas. He’s sort of waiting. He is ready and willing, but hey, if not, we must be philosophical.”
Report: Sky Sports