Parker v Chisora: Kiwi laughs off opponent's tirade over undercard role

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker admits he laughed at Dereck Chisora's expletive-laden tirade at a press conference before their heavyweight showdown in London on October 27 (NZ time). 

At a heated media event this week, Chisora was fuming, after learning that his bout against the former WBO world champion would be the support act to a world super-lightweight unification bout between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis at O2 Arena. 

"I'm not going to sell out O2 for them guys to be the main event," Chisora said. 

"These guys wouldn't sell box office by themselves, so f**k that. Either you give me main event or pull me out of the f***ing show.

"I'm taking the main stage - if not, I want more money. You can f**k off, I'll be walking away from this."

Parker wasn't at the press conference - he's currently training in Las Vegas - but he saw the video of Chisora throwing his toys out of the cot. 

"I had a laugh this morning watching it and thought, 'This is intense'," Parker told IFL TV, with a grin on his face. 

"But Regas v Taylor are both champions, it's a unification fight and, in the eyes of a promoter, that trumps us. 

"I don't care - as long as I have a fight and something to prepare for, that's me. I focus on what's important and that's about being ready for the bout." 

The Auckland-born fighter was asked about Chisroa's claim that he would "smoke Joseph Parker" in this fight. He responded by saying: "How? Rolled up?"

Parker felt he could add another win to his 26-2 record, as Chisora was a one-dimensional fighter. 

"My skill level is above his. I can box him, I can fight him, I can move and stand, while he's got one style, which is to come forward and swing. 

"He's got heavy hands and he's had two good wins this year. His name is 'War Chisora', so he is always prepared to battle, but I believe I have the better skill set." 

In a separate video posted to IFL TV's YouTube page, Parker and trainer Kevin Barry met with legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum at the MGM Grand Hotel

In the conversation, Arum could be heard calling Chisora "crazy", while Barry described him as a "complete nutcase." 

Parker will continue to train in Las Vegas, before travelling to the UK two weeks, before the bout. 


Join us on October 27 for live updates of the Parker v Chisora heavyweight fight.