PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Derek Chisora threatens to withdraw from bout Joseph Parker after losing a COIN TOSS to make his ring entry for the last time. David Haye tries desperately to persuade him
Derek Chisora has threatened to retire from the fight against Joseph Parker on Saturday after losing a coin toss to get his ring entry for the last time. His manager David Haye was desperate to persuade him to save the show.
The British heavyweight and Parker had bizarrely agreed to flip a coin to see who would make their ring entry last, which was put on the fight contract, but Chisora now refuses to honor him.
After getting off the scales at Friday’s weigh-in, Chisora decided the coin toss shouldn’t happen and, after a back and forth with Parker and his team, stormed out of the room.
Derek Chisora threatens to withdraw from Saturday’s fight with Joseph Parker in a ring running series
Frank Smith (far right) of Matchroom and David Haye (back center) of Chisora went to his room after the weigh-in to try and talk about the heavyweight round
An angry Chisora looks out the window of his hotel room in Manchester on Friday afternoon
Chisora’s manager Haye participated in the coin toss to try to solve the problem, but New Zealander Parker won it and subsequently the right to finish second.
The fight is now in peril, however, as the Briton threatens to retreat and leave the hotel if he is not allowed to enter last.
Sportsmail can reveal that Matchroom’s Haye and Frank Smith went to Chisora’s room after the weigh-in to calm him down and persuade him to continue the fight.
An angry Chisora told Sky Sports after an intense encounter with Parker, “We’re arguing back there. You want to flip who gets into the ring first and who gets into the ring second.
‘I said, “No, not to do that.” Either I’ll come second or I’ll go home straight away! ‘
When asked if the matter could be resolved, Chisora added, “Don’t know. I’m not in a good mood now. ‘
Chisora’s manager Haye confirmed the heavyweight is unwilling to step in first and fears the fight may have to be abandoned.
“I really can’t see the fight if Derek is supposed to come first,” said Haye.
Chisora will lead a stacked card against Parker at the Manchester Arena on Saturday
The Brit refused to honor his agreement to flip a coin to see who would be the last to enter
“I know it doesn’t make sense. He agreed, he signed the contract. He’s just that guy, he doesn’t care, and unfortunately it is. ‘
This isn’t the first time Chisora, who topped 12lbs on Friday at 17st, threatened to pull out of a fight if he couldn’t prevail after he happened to do it in 2019 when he first saw it should go to the start on Parker.
That fight was supposed to continue based on Josh Taylor’s unification fight with Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series finals before Parker had to resign due to a spider bite.
“They want to include these people, whom nobody knows about, on my show and try to ambush me,” Chisora said during an angry chatter at a press conference in September 2019.
‘Don’t worry about the Muhammad Ali trophy (the prize that Taylor and Prograis were fighting for). If I’m not going to be the main event, I want more money or I’ll pull the show out.
Parker had won the coin toss and had the right to come second on Saturday night
An angry Chisora said he did not know if the problem could be resolved before the night of the fight
Boxing at the moment thrives on the heavyweights.
“Nobody cares about you [Regis Prograis] Let’s be honest Don’t let me start, I don’t give as ***. Do I go on the main stage yes or no? If I am not, I want more money. ‘
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn remains confident that the heavyweight showdown will take place on Saturday, but admitted the dispute could last until hour 11.
“I’m glad David Haye is his manager as he has to try and sort it out now,” said Hearn.
“But I think it’ll be at least a few hours, it might even be the day of the fight before they go.”