Dereck Chisora Wants Parker or Usyk
When seasoned heavyweights Dereck “War” Chisora (32-9, 23 KO’s) and David Price (25-7, 20 KO’s) went head-to-head, they had to put their friendship to the side to do so. Once in the ring, in the middle of the O2 Arena, they fought like they had never met one another. The short frenzied prizefight saw both men buzzed. However, Chisora would manage to rock Price seriously enough for his corner to toss the towel in at the end of the fourth period.
Price was circumstantial opponent for Chisora. War’s original dance partner, Joseph “Lupesoliai La’auliolemalietoa” Parker (26-2, 20 KO’s), had to withdraw due to health reasons. Having been attacked and bitten by a spider, and suffering the substantial effects, Parker was in no shape to compete. This is when David Price slid into the picture.
CHISORA VS PARKER STILL ON THE TABLE
Ahead of the makeshift prizefight, Chisora maintained that he was still wanting and willing to mix it up with Parker. The rough and tumble wild-man also expressed his interest in testing heavyweight newcomer Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s). When providing his in-ring post fight interview, Dereck Chisora doubled down on his desire to face Parker.
However, War went well out of his way to repeat there was a stipulation to matching up against Parker. He would only want to pen the bout if he was ready to fight immediately. If Team Parker began any measure of pussyfooting about, or if there were any nagging physical impediments due to the spider bite he was moving on. Chisora’s manager, David Haye, would much rather fancy a showdown with Usyk.
“You know what, if we can get Joseph Parker ASAP, ready to go. I hope this time he don’t get a spider bite. So, let’s try to make that fight with Joseph Parker ASAP and let’s do it!” ~Dereck Chisora
USYK GETS PREFERENCE
While still in the ring, and directly after Chisora hopped off the mic, Haye explained how he felt the Usyk fight was the better career move. In his estimation, Usyk was still in need of a stiff heavyweight test and he feel as though War is more than adequately prepared to provide it.
Aside from this, the WBO has named Usyk as the mandatory challenger for their portion of world heavyweight champion Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz Jr’s (33-1, 22 KO’s) unified titles. Provided Chisora landed a bout with Usyk, and won, he would be on the fast track to a title shot. This was the motivating rationale behind Haye wanting to target Usyk over Parker.
Only time will tell what will transpire next, but with Chisora, it will always be lively and memorable!
“I’d like to have the Oleksandr Usyk fight. You know he’s mandatory for the WBO. So if that fight can be done, then he’d definitely be a fantastic fight. He can put the heat on him and we can get ourselves a fantastic fight […] if he fights Oleksandr Usyk, who is the mandatory, then he’s right up there. He’s got a shot at the heavyweight title, so for me it gets Dereck into a heavyweight title shot.” ~David Haye, Dereck Chisora’s manager
By: Bakari Simpson