Boxing: Joseph Parker's promoters in talks for Dereck Chisora fight

Boxing promoter David Higgins will sit down with Joseph Parker on Monday night to discuss what he describes as a "risky" fight with British heavyweight Dereck Chisora. 

In an interview with Boxing Social, British promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that he'd like the pair to meet at London's O2 Arena on April 21 on the undercard of a fight night headlined by Dillian Whyte. 

In an interview with Newshub, Higgins said Hearn presented the idea in an email late last week, but said the fight was not a fait accompli. 

"He [Hearn] said that he wants to set up a phone call this week, so I haven't spoken to him yet," Higgins said. "We'll get on a call this week and we'll see what the deal looks like."

"For us, it's all about the right opportunity, the right deal, to put Joseph back to where he needs to be."   

On Monday, Higgins was scheduled to meet with Parker, his parents and his management team to discuss options for his next fight, including Chisora. 

After back-to-back defeats to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte last year, Parker got back to winning ways with a third-round knockout against Alexander Flores in Christchurch in December. 

Higgins said another fight in New Zealand would also be discussed, but a fight against Chisora could present an opportunity too good to ignore. 

"If he beats Chisora in London, he's right back where he needs to be - breathing down the neck of Anthony Joshua and/or Dillian Whyte for that rematch - and a good win over Chisora would have the British public back onside."   

But a loss for either fighter would be "very career damaging", according to Higgins, and the dangers presented by Chisora mean negotiations with Hearn will make or break the fight. 

"It's a risky fight, absolutely" Higgins said. "Chisora can bang.

"We saw what he did to Carlos Takam. A lot of people wrote him off and then he knocked him out.

"So the deal would have to be right to look at a guy like Chisora." 


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