Both Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker will have new trainers leading their corners when the two heavyweights meet on May 1.
Parker recently hired Andy Lee to replace Kevin Barry as his chief second, and Chisora is now working with Buddy McGirt, as he confirmed on social media.
Chisora (32-10, 23 KO) is the promotional A-side in the fight, listed first on all promotional material, but probably still the underdog. The 37-year-old veteran hasn’t beaten a fighter the level of Parker (28-2, 21 KO) — a solid, pretty universally agreed top 10 heavyweight — in, well, ever?
Chisora’s been a relevant name in the division for a decade, and his best wins are still the likes of Carlos Takam and Edmund Gerber. Both of these moves also make for some wild card potential in this matchup, as we don’t know how the chemistry will turn out between fighters and trainers, or what differences in approach we might see compared to the normal efforts of Chisora and Parker. It could make preparation on both sides harder, too.