Fight fans will be gifted an early Christmas present this year with an intriguing night of boxing scheduled for December 18 as the hugely experienced Derek "War" Chisora rematches former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker at the AO Arena in Manchester.
With the Jake Paul and Tommy Fury bout to follow later that evening in Florida, it should be an entertaining night for viewers with Chisora and Parker first renewing their rivalry following a tightly-scored split decision victory in favour of the New Zealander earlier this year.
While the Fury vs Paul bout will, somewhat unfairly, capture much of the sporting world's attention come fight week, there should be little doubt that the most competitive bout of the night will be coming from the north of England.
Early betting markets have Parker as a 4/9 odds on favourite, with Chisora coming in at 7/4. The 37-year-old Londoner looks to avenge his narrow loss at the hands of the Kiwi back in May.
Having got off the floor inside the opening minute of their first bout, Parker would box his way to a somewhat controversial victory, with many ringside analysts believing Chisora had done enough to at least score a draw.
Either way, the bout was undoubtedly competitive, and given the lack of conclusiveness in the result, a second fight always seemed a likely outcome - particularly given the vocality of criticism offered up by the typically forthright Chisora post-fight.
What's been said?
Parker - now working with Andy Lee and regularly training with heavyweight champion Tyson Fury - has picked up five successive victories since back-to-back losses at the hands of British pair Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua.
Still, only 29, the tough but amiable Kiwi believes recent improvements in the gym will pay dividends come fight night.
"Derek is one tough guy, he comes forward and puts on the pressure, like he said, bite the gumshield and throw the kitchen sink, that's exactly what he did and what he's going to do for the next fight.
"I feel like this fight is going to be different, I've had a lot more time to work on things that Andy has suggested I work on, and now that I'm here with him in camp, my confidence is growing every day, seeing the improvements."
And improve, he must. While the Kiwi certainly has plenty of the tools required to operate at the top end of the heavyweight ranks, a perceived lack of aggression and inability to put his opponents away are fighting flaws that need to be quickly remedied.
Of course, working with Kronk disciple Andy Lee should help Parker to become more spiteful, while prolonged work with Tyson Fury should ensure a raising his standards. Whether those standards can reach a level high enough to deliver another world title for Parker, remains to be seen, but his ambition is clear.
"That's my goal, to become a two-time World Champion. I'm well-positioned at the moment with the rankings, but with Covid-19, it's hard to lock in fights, so thanks to everyone for getting this made and Chisora for accepting it again.
It's good to go out three times this year, and you've just got to take the opportunities when they come. I feel like I'll finish this fight within the distance, I've got a good feeling."
Chisora, in his 15th year as a pro, was in typically feisty and confrontational form as he opined on the split decision loss suffered at the hands of Parker in their first fight.
"I'm happy the rematch is on, I'm excited, and I've got David Coldwell now with me. Right now, I'm not buzzing yet, but I want to say this honestly to the press and to you Eddie, I need you to get a good referee, an American referee, not a BBBofC referee because those guys in the past have messed me around. If Robert Smith is listening, I do not want your referee to ref me for this fight.
"I know for a fact come December 18th; we are going to war. Joseph Parker doesn't scare me; he hasn't got anything that I'm scared of. He doesn't have power punches; I don't know how they gave him the last fight, to be honest with you. I'm just disappointed they gave it to him."
There can be little doubt that Chisora has been the victim of a few debatable decision losses in his career, the Londoner will need to come up with a big performance come December 18.
While not the biggest of punchers, Parker brings plenty of tools to the workshop yet remains a work in progress. At 29, more is surely to come from the Auckland native. For Chisora, at 37, how much more can he offer?
Where and when?
Chisora vs Parker II will take place at the AO Arena on Saturday, December 18th.
What's on the line?
The lightly regarded WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title is on the line, but much more is at stake for both men in terms of what direction their career will follow after this fight.
A loss for Parker would likely derail any hopes of a world title shot, while another defeat for Del Boy would surely end his chances of headlining more Matchroom shows in the future.
Where can I watch it?
Chisora vs Parker II will be broadcast live exclusively on DAZN, with the event scheduled to begin at 19.00pm GMT.
Tale of the Tape
Name: Derek Chisora
Nickname: Del Boy, War
Residence: Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Pre-fight record: 32-11
Height: 6′ 1&12;″
Rounds Boxed: 280
KO Percentage: 53%
Name: Joseph Parker
Nickname: Lupesoliai Laaulialemalietoa
Residence: Auckland, New Zealand
Pre-fight record: 29-2
Height: 6′ 4″
Rounds Boxed: 189
KO Percentage: 72%
Where's the value?
Parker comes into the bout as a strong betting favourite, priced up at 4/9 odds on with Planet Sport Bet to repeat his win against the veteran Londoner. Chisora is available at 15/8 to score the revenge triumph.
Given what we've come to expect from both fighters, a long night at the office seems the order of the day with a gruelling and tough fight anticipated.
Odds of 8/11 on the fight going the distance seem just about right and a likely outcome given both men's durability.
Chisora, stopped just three times in his career, has shown signs of decreasing stamina in recent fights, but whether Parker has the firepower to make that four remains doubtful.
The Kiwi has stopped just three of his last ten opponents, with Alex Leapai and Alexander Dimitrenko the only "name" fighters he has stopped over the past decade. Hardly an inspiring list.
As such, we have to expect this bout to go long and with Chisora now beginning to show more signs of wear and tear, Parker is expected to produce a more dominant performance this time out. He is available at 6/4 to score the decision victory.
Of course, it would be foolhardy to ever write Derek Chisora off. This is a man who has been in with the very best of his generation and lived to tell the tale. A wrecking ball throwback fighter, Chisora always comes to fight, and another entertaining evening should be ours to enjoy come December 18.