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Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker verbally agree to May 1 fight, not official yet

The heavyweights look set to get it on this spring.

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Heavyweights Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker have talked about fighting plenty since their 2019 date was called off, and it looks increasingly like that’s the fight we’ll get, with the pair verbally agreeing to fight one another on May 1.

Now listen, Ryan Garcia and Tank Davis also “verbally agreed” to fight and that’s not happening, so this isn’t official, but I think generally speaking Chisora-Parker has always been a lot more likely than Kingry-Tank ever was.

The heavyweights chatted on FaceTime about the matchup, which noted weirdo Chisora posted to social media:

“The last time we got on, mate, you kinda got a spider bite, so I was wondering,” Chisora said. “I’m ready to rock and roll, you tell me, man.”

“I’m ready to rock and roll, too, seriously,” Parker said. “I look forward to seeing you soon because you make me laugh and you’re entertaining.”

“Pinky promise?” Chisora asked.

“Pinky promise,” Parker replied. “I’m ready to come in and have a great fight with you, and I’m ready for you to entertain us.”

May 1 is currently an open date for major boxing, and with this fight likely taking place in the United Kingdom — possibly in New Zealand, if the money’s there and travel is OK — it wouldn’t compete with whatever gets scheduled in the U.S., either. One figures it will stream on DAZN.

Chisora (32-10, 23 KO) last fought in October, losing a decision to Oleksandr Usyk, while Parker (28-2, 21 KO) was just in action on Feb. 27, beating Junior Fa in Auckland.

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