Derek Chisora: Joseph Parker will 'run away' when I put the 'fear of God in him'

"I’m going to punch him up and take his ear off. The fight is going to be great. We’re going to go crazy."

Derek Chisora has warned Joseph Parker that he is ready to go to "war" on Saturday night at Manchester Arena.

Chisora goes into this pay-per-view headliner on the back of his unanimous decision defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in October 2020.

The 36-year-old gave a brave performance against the former undisputed cruiserweight world champion but ultimately lost comfortably on points.

Parker, on the other hand, made his return after a year out in Auckland against Junior Fa in February in what proved to be an underwhelming points victory.

The former world champion was eager to shake off his ring rust ahead of what will be a much tougher fight against Chisora this Saturday.

The Brit will likely retire if he loses, but a win for Parker is vital as he hopes to get back in contention for the world title. He lost his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua in 2018.

Chisora has told Matchroom Boxing that he expects Parker to "run away" when he is put under pressure:

"I'm expecting Jospeh to run away. Most people don't want to fight me because I'm a headache. I know for a fact he's not going to want to stand there. I'm going to punch him up and take his ear off. The fight is going to be a great fight. We're going to go crazy.

"You know the routine, war. Expect for me to deliver, I chase the guy, beat the guy, pound on the guy and destroy that guy. Just put the fear of God in him"

Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn has received some criticism for putting this event on PPV.

The chief support is a clash between Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas. Taylor exclusively told Planet Sport that she is delighted about the direction of women's boxing.

Elsewhere, Craig Richards bids to overcome the odds and defeat WBA light heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol.

Chris Eubank Jr, James Tennyson, Campbell Hatton and Scott Fitzgerald are also on the card.

Hearn said during an Instagram live that this is an "unbelievable card" on Saturday night.

"If it goes past six rounds, I think Delboy is the favourite in the fight.

"Why is Parker - Chisora box office? I tell you what. Add up the purses for Chisora, Parker, Taylor, for Jonas, for Eubank, for Morrison, for Dimitry Bivol, for Craig Richards, for James Tennyson, for Campbell Hatton, and put in the fact that there are no crowds, this is an unbelievable card on Saturday night.

"If you don't think you're getting value for money, you're not out shopping. You're out shoplifting,"

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Will Chisora-Parker offer value for money?

You never know what you're going to get from a Chisora fight. He has enjoyed an impressive career resurgence. But aged 37, you cannot see him fighting for much longer, especially if he loses to Parker.

'Del Boy' has had some garbage fights over the years, but he has also had some real wars against the likes of Dillian Whyte and Carlos Takam.

Let's hope the Parker fight is more like the slugfests with Whyte than his 2019 win over Senad Gashi.

Parker cannot afford to lose this fight. It is unclear whether he will be willing to engage in a war with Chisora.

But if he is defeated, it will be hard to see a route for him back to challenge for a world title.

The 29-year-old will be the slight favourite this weekend although the result really is dependent on which Chisora turns up…

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