[GUIDE] Boxing: Joseph Parker happy with Derek Chisora rematch to decide clear winner – Promo

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Cheree Kinnear runs down the results of a massive weekend of sport.

Joseph Parker says the best is yet to come after his first win under new trainer Andy Lee.

The Kiwi heavyweight has conceded he took his « foot off the accelerator » against Derek Chisora but blamed an elbow injury, sustained during the fight, for slowing him down.

Parker won a split decision in Manchester after suffering a knockdown in the first round.

It was the final fight in his deal with Matchroom Boxing and he is now eyeing an immediate re-match with Chisora, while Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz are the other possibilities.

The Parker-Chisora fight took place in an empty stadium because of Covid-19 and Parker told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking it was a strange experience.

« It was weird in a stadium with no crowd…I could hear specific voices, I could hear my opponent breathing heavily, it was very weird, » he said.

« Usually I can hear the crowd cheering and chanting.

« I haven’t watched the fight back yet but I was suffering problems with my right elbow – I think it was caused in the middle rounds.

« I must have taken the foot off the accelerator – the killer instinct sort of kicked in at the end. But I’ll have to watch the fight to see what I did wrong. »

The outspoken Whyte is among those claiming that Chisora should have been awarded the fight.

Parker conceded it was a very close call, and was unsure how it would go after the 12th and final round.

« It was very hard for us to tell, when the hand was raised I was very happy, very delighted that we got the win, » he said.

Joseph Parker punches Derek Chisora during their heavyweight contest in Manchester. Photo / Matchroom Boxing
Joseph Parker punches Derek Chisora during their heavyweight contest in Manchester. Photo / Matchroom Boxing

« I wasn’t quite sure…I felt I did enough mid rounds and picked him off with jabs at the end of the fight.

« It was a very close fight. A lot of people are questioning it but I believe I did enough to win.

« From the sound of it they want a rematch, and I’ll take that in a heartbeat. A lot of people thought it went my way, a lot of people thought it went his way.

« The only way to solve this problem is to have a rematch and to see who the actual winner was.

« If we can make it on to the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua fight it would be a great experience, and will be a great fight.

« I want to show exactly why I won the fight in the first place. »

Parker will remain in England to train under Lee, who replaced Kevin Barry after Parker’s battling win over Junior Fa in Auckland this year.

« I know it will be a long term thing (with Lee), » Parker said.

« I showed glimpses of what I have worked on…it’s early days, it’s great to get away with the win, and keep progressing.

« I’ll stay here to continue training, to work on the things I need to work on, and fight in July or August.

« Hopefully I’ll show a lot more improvement in the next fight. »

Parker said he would leave the match-making up to his manager David Higgins, as he positions himself for another shot at a world title.

« I don’t care who I fight – I just want to be involved in the most exciting fight out there, » he said.

« If it is Andy Ruiz I’ll take it in a heartbeat…if it is Dillian Whyte I’ll take it with both hands. We have to position ourselves for when the belt becomes available. »

[GUIDE] Boxing: Joseph Parker happy with Derek Chisora rematch to decide clear winner – Promo
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