Dereck Chisora has threatened to withdraw from his fight with Joseph Parker due to a ring walk dispute.
Pre-fight squabble over ring walks revealed by controversial heavyweight
Dereck Chisora and former world champion Joseph Parker’s heavyweight fight on Saturday night could be called off after Chisora threatened to withdraw from the fight.
Despite Parker’s pedigree as a former WBO world heavyweight champion, backstage brawls erupted as Chisora refused to walk to the ring first.
Despite the fact that Parker is a former champion, Chisora is named first on the bout posters, and the fight is being promoted mostly in the United Kingdom.
And, after the two heavyweights weighed in for their battle, the two competitors squared up before the two camps argued over who would walk first.
After the match, a displeased Chisora told Sky Sports, “We’re having an argument in the back there right now.”
“They want to have a coin toss to determine who enters the ring first and who enters the ring second.
“I’m like, ‘Nah!'” she says. That is not going to happen!’ If I don’t come in second, I’m going home right now.”
“I don’t know,” Chisora shrugged when asked how things might be settled. I’m sorry, but I’m not in the mood right now.”
Everyone in attendance seemed taken aback by Chisora’s stance, including his own manager, former world heavyweight champion David Haye, who said the entire incident made no sense to him.
Chisora’s manager and former heavyweight champion David Haye told Sky Sports, “I truly can’t see the fight occurring if Derek’s told to come (to the ring) first.”
PARKER IS NOT BUDGING!
If @DerekWarChisora can’t walk second, Saturday’s bout is in risk, according to @davidhaye… But @joeboxerparker isn’t going down without a fight! pic.twitter.com/NX5H9uMp62 #ChisoraParker
“I realize it makes no sense. He consented. He signed the deal, and now he’s going to break it (thing).
“He’s the one. He just doesn’t give a damn, and that’s the way it is.”
Parker just remarked, “It’s just more drama!” in response to Haye’s assertion that Parker “should walk second.”
After back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, the New Zealander is on a four-fight winning streak, with the former retaining his WBO heavyweight belt.
And he stated he’s eager to keep his winning streak going with a fifth win in a row.
Parker told Sky Sports, “It’s battle time now.”
“It’s time to get down to business. We’ve come to battle, and we’re prepared.
“We haven’t experienced any issues with weight. The body is fit, healthy, and ready to go.
Brinkwire Summary News: “I want to.”