Joseph Parker joins us in the studio ahead of his fight against Derek Chisora this weekend. Video / Spark Sport
British boxer Derek Chisora had ranted ahead of his fight with Joseph Parker on Sunday morning, telling his New Zealand opponent he would “cycle back to Australia”.
Chisora, a man who takes pride in his quarrelsome words as well as his fists, spoke to the media at an undercard press conference on Saturday and spun a series of baffling lines together in response to questions about the fight on Sunday morning.
It begins by retelling the reason why Parker was forced to withdraw from the scheduled fight between them two years ago.
“The man had a spider bite, we can’t deny it, we don’t know if it’s true or not,” said a puzzled Chisora describing Parker ‘s spider bite in 2019.
The British heavyweight then stepped back and even brought the subject up.
“The battle is here now, so we won’t talk about history anymore, that’s why it’s called history.”
Then, with one of the biggest verbal blows of her career, or the most baffling of all, Chisora said Parker would soon be sent back to Australia.
“I know my opponent will bring something, which is to ride the bike – but that will be fine. He will cycle back to Australia but all is well.”
Parker was born and raised in South Auckland and is largely Samoan descent, so any claim to link to Australia is 4157.41 kilometers wide.
Meanwhile, Parker himself remains focused and very professional, describing the fight in front of him in a very real and fun way.
“I am very ready for this fight … I feel with this fight, physically and mentally, I am in a good place – maybe the best I have ever had.
“With Derek it’s no secret he’ll go up and apply pressure, throw punches all over the place. My hands have to go up, down and around.
“I think it’s the perfect fight at the right time. We were there, got a good win and there are lots of other great fights out there to do and to position yourself when the title is free up for grabs.”
Parker has knocked out an opponent only once since October 2016 – daily worker Alexander Flores – but this fight presents himself as one that is likely to yield a decisive finish; with former heavyweight champion and promoter Chisora David Haye saying the man would explode early.
“A lot of people don’t give Derek a shot in this fight, but when you see how Derek goes through the ring in the first round, I think you’ll understand where this fight is going and going in a very destructive way. It’s going to be an all-out explosion. from the first round and take the popcorn and don’t go to the toilet.
“We’re not going to have a boxing match with Parker, it must be a fight. I can guarantee a knockout in this fight, it won’t be far away. It’s about how much Joseph Parker can take.”
The fight itself will take place on Sunday morning New Zealand time.
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