There is a heavyweight showdown in Manchester this weekend as Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker at the AO Arena in Manchester. The two contenders enter the fight on winning runs and both have ambitions to fight for world honours in the near future.
Derek ‘War’ Chisora has been rejuvenated in recent years and has manoeuvred himself into a strong position in the heavyweight division. The 37-year-old Londoner has a record of 32-10 23KO and as his record suggests, he has never let a loss half his progress. losses. The former world title challenger has endured plenty of highs and lows throughout his career but enters this fight in the form of his life.
Joseph Parker, 29, is the former WBO heavyweight champion but lost that belt to Anthony Joshua in 2018. The New Zealander is still a young man and is just coming into his prime as a heavyweight and on his day, he is a problem for any heavyweight in the world.
Interestingly, both men will enter this fight with new trainers. For Chisora, that is nothing new. He is a fighter that has changed trainer multiple times in the last couple of years but for Parker, it is new territory.
The former champion spent his career with Kevin Barry out in Vegas, but he will now operate under the tutelage of former middleweight champion, Andy Lee.
Parker is the (8/15) favourite with Chisora priced at (8/5). It is dangerous to ever write Derek Chisora off because he has proven over the years that he performs well when he is the underdog. However, there are plenty of miles on the clock for Chisora now and it remains to be seen how long he can keep going for, especially at this sort of level.
There is a feeling that Parker is still improving and under the guidance of Andy Lee, he will be looking to make a big statement this weekend. Parker is not the biggest single puncher but he has the variety and strength to inflict damage on his opponent this weekend. He is (9/4) to get the stoppage here and it could come late so the price of (9/2) for Parker to win in rounds 7-12 is appealing.
The best fight on the card could be between Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas for the WBA, WBC, IBF & WBO world lightweight titles. Taylor and Jonas are old rivals and last met nine years ago at the 2012 Olympic games. Taylor came out on top on that occasion and subsequently went on to win an Olympic gold medal.
These two have been on a collision course since turning professional. Taylor is the flag bearer for the women’s game and has been pretty much perfect since her debut in 2016. In just seventeen fights she has unified the lightweight division and is regarded as the best female fighter in the world. As a tremendous ambassador for the sport both inside and outside the ring, she is a future hall of famer but her career is far from over.
Jonas is also a fantastic ambassador for the sport but her journey has not been as smooth sailing as her opponent. The former Olympian suffered a shock knockout loss to Viviane Obenauf in 2018 but has since rebuilt her career with great success.
The Liverpudlian should be entering this fight as a world champion after her fine performance against super featherweight champion, Terri Harper, in August 2020. Many believe Jonas won that night but the fight was called a draw and Harper kept hold of her belts.
Jonas came out of her first world title shot with tremendous credit and now takes a step up in weight to challenge Taylor. Jonas is a natural super featherweight, so this move to lightweight is not ideal but she still represents a huge danger for Taylor, especially considering her knockout power. Taylor is the correct favourite but (1/5) is very short and Jonas is overpriced at (4/1).
Another interesting addition to the undercard is Chris Eubank Jr who returns after sixteen months of inactivity. The middleweight contender takes on Marcus Morrison over ten rounds and he will be looking to impress his new trainer, Roy Jones Jr.
Eubank Jr is a fighter that has always split opinion. He has plenty of natural talent but he has never had an established corner team throughout his career. Now at 31, he has enlisted the help of Roy Jones Jr, who is one of the finest boxers in history.
Eubank Jr is a couple of levels above his opponent this weekend but with a new trainer to impress and inactivity to deal with, he may use this chance to get some invaluable ring time and a price of (3/1) for the favourite to win on points looks like value.
The card also features premium light heavyweight Dimitry Bivol against Craig Richards. Bivol is the WBA light heavyweight champion and should have too much for Richards. The Russian brings serious pedigree to the ring and will be expected to end this one inside the distance.
Irish puncher James Tennyson is also in action on the undercard against Jovanni Straffon. This is another fight that has flew under the radar and could be entertaining for as long as it lasts. Both of these fighters have fight ending power and this could catch fire.
Tennyson is being billed as one of the most exciting fighters coming out of Ireland and he will be eager to keep his recent momentum going. He will go looking for his opponent this weekend, like always, and don’t be surprised if he claims another spectacular stoppage victory.
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