Derek Chisora-Joseph Parker set for Might 1, Katie Taylor, Dmitry Bivol and Chris Eubank Jr. undercard – The Ring

Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker will collide in an enormous Heavyweight conflict on a blockbuster night time of motion that sees Irish star Katie Taylor defend her Undisputed Light-weight crown towards former beginner rival Natasha Jonas and undefeated WBA Gentle-Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol put his Title on the road towards Craig Richards, in addition to the return of Chris Eubank Jr, stay on Sky Sports activities Field Workplace within the UK and on DAZN in all markets excluding the UK, Eire, China, New Zealand and Samoa.

Former World Title challenger Chisora (32-10, 23 KOs) was final seen pushing Ukraine’s pound-for-pound star Oleksandr Usyk all the method of their 12-round battle for the WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title at The SSE Area, Wembley final October, and the fan favorite is chomping on the bit for his subsequent problem.

A gathering between the pair scheduled for October 2019 fell by means of at three-and-a-half weeks’ discover when Parker’s workforce revealed he was affected by the aftereffects of a spider chew. Chisora, who was unconvinced with Crew Parker’s causes for pulling out in 2019, has labelled Parker a ‘rooster’ in current weeks and says he has unfinished enterprise with the Heavyweight contender.

Former WBO World Champion Parker (28-2, 21 KOs) is contemporary off a hard-fought 12-round choice over long-time beginner nemesis Junior Fa at Spark Area in Auckland, New Zealand final month that settled an 11-year outdated rivalry together with his compatriot, a win that he hopes will kickstart his route again to the highest of the Heavyweight division.

Ranked at No.3 with the WBO, New Zealand’s Parker is well-known on these shores having defended his WBO Title towards Hughie Fury at Manchester Area in September 2017, earlier than taking unified ruler Anthony Joshua the space on the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in March 2018. His final look within the UK got here towards Dillian Whyte in a dramatic factors loss in July 2018.

“We’ve been right here earlier than, in 2019 I flew to Vegas to movie the ‘Face To Face’ with Parker, I known as Haye as quickly as I left and informed him, ‘This man isn’t going to get within the ring with me’, I might see the concern in his eyes,” stated Chisora. “Now, second time round I hope he fights, I’m wanting ahead to the struggle, I can’t wait to get again within the ring! I really like preventing, it’s what I really like probably the most. Good luck to Joseph Parker and his new workforce, we will see you for WAR on Might 1st!”

“I’m excited to start out this new chapter in my profession with a brand new coach and a few contemporary concepts,” stated Parker. “I’ve settled in and Andy and I are bonding nicely. Chisora and I’ve unfinished enterprise and contained in the ring one in every of us will get the job achieved. I’m nicely conscious {that a} win on British soil and on world-wide tv will put me in pole place whereas a loss might be catastrophic. I’m greater than up for the problem. Deliver it on Del Boy.”

Taylor (17-0, 6 KOs) defeated Jonas (9-1-1, 7 KOs) within the quarter-final phases of the London 2012 Olympic Video games on path to capturing Eire’s first gold medal of the summer season. The pair will meet once more almost ten years down the road with Taylor’s WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Journal Light-weight World Titles on the road.

Since their first assembly within the amateurs, Taylor has gone on to cement herself as one of the best feminine fighter on the planet by successful World Titles within the Light-weight and Tremendous-Light-weight divisions and remaining undefeated in all 17 of her skilled contests. ‘KT’ was final seen outclassing her WBA Obligatory Challenger Miriam Gutierrez with a masterful show in November.

‘Miss GB’ got here agonisingly near successful her first World Title on the age of 36 final summer season when she battled to an exhilarating draw with WBC and IBO Tremendous-Featherweight Champion Terri Harper at Matchroom Struggle Camp. It was the primary time that two British ladies had competed towards one another for a Phrase Title, and the all-action struggle greater than lived as much as the event.

“Natasha proved in her final struggle that she remains to be performing on the highest degree so it’s an amazing problem for me and I’m actually wanting ahead to it,” stated Taylor. “It’s a struggle that folks have been asking for and people are the kind of fights you wish to be a part of.

“Individuals nonetheless speak about our struggle within the 2012 Olympics and I believe that proved to be an actual eye opener for individuals by way of what ladies’s boxing is all about. I’m anticipating one other powerful struggle on Might 1st and I’m wanting ahead to efficiently defending my Titles.”

“I’m actually enthusiastic about getting the struggle, I made numerous noise about not eager to go down in degree or class after establishing myself on the world stage in my final struggle,” stated Jonas. “I do know Katie is a special kind of animal to Terri Harper, however I consider each time I’m requested to step up, I do. I stated I wished to be a champion and anyone at 130 to 140 was in my sights, I do know I’m a world class boxer and I can win a World Title.

“From the minute Eddie signed me this struggle has been on the playing cards. Me and Katie had an amazing story from the Olympics, and we now have each been pioneers in our personal method. I’m glad that it’s occurring and it’s an amazing struggle for girls’s boxing and for British and Irish boxing.”

Russia’s Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs) is thought to be among the best technical boxers within the sport, mixing his dazzling abilities with KO energy. The 30-year-old was elevated to full WBA 175lbs World Champion from interim champion forward of his twelfth professional struggle with Trent Broadhurst in Monte Carlo in November 2017 and celebrated with a devasting one-punch KO within the first spherical. Bivol has subsequently defended his crown 5 instances, however has been away from the ring since October 2019 when he broadly outpointed Lenin Castillo on the Wintrust Area in Chicago.

Richards (16-1-1, 9 KOs) delivered a Struggle of the 12 months contender final trip in December towards fierce rival Shakan Pitters as he stopped the Birmingham man in 9 rounds to earn the British Gentle-Heavyweight crown. ‘Spider’ is ranked at No.8 within the WBA world rankings and has earned his shot by remaining undefeated since sole profession loss towards former World Title challenger Frank Buglioni in October 2017.

“I’ve been out of the ring for a yr and a half and I’ve sorely missed boxing,” stated Bivol. “I can’t wait to step by means of the ropes for my subsequent struggle on Might 1st. I’ve all the time wished to struggle within the UK and I’m glad to tick that field. Craig Richards is a quick and technical boxer and I’m anticipating an amazing struggle as I make one other defence of my World Title.”

“I really feel good and I really feel very assured,” stated Richards. “I do know that he’s famend as among the best fighters on the market, however I simply consider that I’ve obtained the instruments to beat him and I’m very assured in my skills. I do know I’ve obtained energy as nicely, and I’ve obtained an excellent chin. We’ve been planning for all the things and something.

“We all know he’s been working at world degree for a very long time and may convey various things to the desk. I elevate the extent of my efficiency towards my higher opponents. The larger the struggle the higher I carry out. A struggle like Bivol will permit me to undergo my gears to indicate what I’m actually about.”

Having beforehand campaigned at Tremendous-Middleweight, Eubank Jr (29-2, 22 KOs) returned to the Middleweight division to assert the WBA Interim Middleweight World Title for the second time with a TKO win over former World Title challenger in December 2019, whereas making his US debut on the Barclays Centre in New York. In what might be his first struggle again within the UK in over two years, the Brighton man faces Manchester’s Marcus Morrison (23-3, 16 KOs), who’s having fun with a seven-fight successful streak that stretches again to June 2018.

“It is a good struggle for me,” stated Eubank Jr. “Since signing with Sauerland my camp has been firing on all cylinders, I’ve been coaching with Roy in Miami and focussing on enhancing my recreation. I’ve the best possible individuals round me, I’ve all the things I must push on to that subsequent degree and dominate the Middleweight scene.

“Individuals have loads to say about me and my profession. There’s talks about why fights haven’t occurred beforehand, however all I’ve been doing is focussing on primary, coaching onerous and ensuring I’m all the time prepared. I’m now in one of the best place I may be and I’m able to take what’s mine.”

“I’m nicely conscious that it is a huge alternative and struggle for me and my profession,” stated Morrison. “I obtained into boxing on the age of seven, and these are the kind of fights I’ve all the time wished to be concerned in. Chris is an excellent fighter, and I do know what he brings to the desk. I truthfully consider one of the best model of me remains to be to be seen, and I sit up for exhibiting it on the night time. I can’t afford to not depart all the things in there on Might 1.”

“This is likely one of the strongest reveals we’ve promoted and there’s nonetheless much more to return,” stated promoter Eddie Hearn. “Chisora vs. Parker is an excellent type match up that has been brewing for years and Taylor vs. Jonas is likely one of the greatest fights in ladies’s boxing. The Eubanks are all the time field workplace and it’s a large probability for Marcus Morrison after his sensible win in Italy. Craig Richards goes for World Title glory towards the sensible Russian Dmitry Bivol and there are additional bulletins to comply with. Buckle up and revel in this one!”

“WAR Chisora realises it is a huge alternative to gate-crash the Heavyweight division,” stated David Haye of Hayemaker Promotions. “He has come shut, in his final battle towards unified Cruiserweight World Champion and No.1 ranked Heavyweight Usyk, two of the judges’ rating playing cards had it 7 rounds to five – successful only one extra spherical would have captured a draw and Derek would have retained his WBO Worldwide Title that night time. Since, he has been working, residing the lifetime of an expert. Derek doesn’t merely wish to beat Joseph Parker, he desires to make a press release to the world. That is his time.”

“There’s undoubtedly unfinished enterprise between Parker and Chisora,” stated David Higgins, Founder and Director of DUCO Occasions. “I believe the struggle might be an actual fan pleaser. It might be the Heavyweight Struggle of the 12 months. You’ve obtained Chisora who likes to face and commerce and are available ahead, and then you definitely’ve obtained Parker who has the pace and the pedigree. This struggle has obtained a little bit of historical past and it has been constructing for some time. It’s unbelievable that it’s lastly occurring. It is a correct 50-50 matchup the place the winner might go on to a World Title shot and the loser will go to the scrapheap. Credit score to each Parker and Chisora for placing all of it on the road.”

Press launch issued by Matchroom Boxing.




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