Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker collide this weekend in a key fight in the heavyweight division.
The winner will be primed to be in contention for a world title eliminator later this year with Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua fencing off an opportunity at the titles for the remainder of 2021 at least.
Parker, a former WBO world heavyweight champion, is on the way back after suffering back-to-back defeats to Joshua and Dillian Whyte – who he dropped in the final round.
The New Zealander has secured four straight wins since, while the Briton is looking to rebound after falling short to the classy Oleksandr Usyk.
It promises to be an intriguing undercard with Katie Taylor defending her world titles against Natasha Jonas, while Chris Eubank Jr is back in action, light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol features and Campbell Hatton’s journey continues.
Here is everything you need to know about the fight at the Manchester Arena this weekend:
When and where is the fight?
The fight is on Saturday, 1 May, at the Manchester Arena.
What time will the ring walks be?
We expect the main event to take place at around 10:30pm BST, so expect the fighters to begin their ring walks some time after 10pm BST.
What TV channel is it on and is there a live stream?
The fight will be live on pay-per-view in the UK with Sky Sports Box Office charging £19.95. You can also stream the event online via theSky Sports Box Office app or website, while fans can purchase the fight here.
The fight is also available worldwide on DAZN, who will stream the fight in all regions except the U.K. Ireland, Samoa and New Zealand.
Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker
Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards – for WBA (Super) light-heavyweight title
James Tennyson vs Jovanni Straffon – for vacant IBO lightweight title
Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas – for WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight title
Chris Eubank Jr vs Marcus Morrison
Campbell Hatton v TBA
Scott Fitzgerald v TBA
Chisora: 11/8 –
Parker: 8/15 – Decision: 13/8. Knockout: 9/4
Draw: 20/1 – Decision: 7/2. Knockout: 3/1
Tale of the tape
Reach: 74 inches
Record: 32-10 (23 knockouts)
Nationality: New Zealand
Reach: 76 inches
Record: 28-2 (21 knockouts)
Chisora on Parker
“We’ve been here before, in 2019 I flew to Vegas to film the ‘Face To Face’ with Parker, I called Haye as soon as I left and told him, ‘This guy isn’t going to get in the ring with me’, I could see the fear in his eyes,” said Chisora.
“Now, second time around I hope he fights, I’m looking forward to the fight, I cannot wait to get back in the ring! I love fighting, it is what I love the most. Good luck to Joseph Parker and his new team, we shall see you for WAR on May 1st!”
Parker on Chisora
“I’m excited to start this new chapter in my career with a new coach and some fresh ideas,” said Parker. “I’ve settled in and Andy and I are bonding well. Chisora and I have unfinished business and inside the ring one of us will get the job done.
“I am well aware that a win on British soil and on world-wide television will put me in pole position whereas a loss will be catastrophic. I am more than up for the challenge. Bring it on Del Boy.”