Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between Dereck Chisora and Joseph Parker is on the verge of falling apart Friday lunchtime after Chisora threatened to withdraw from the fight after losing a coin toss which was to determine which of the two fighters must walk to the ring first.
Haye, a former rival of Chisora’s, was announced as his manager in 2018, but the former world champion boxer says that he is powerless to convince Chisora to reverse his decision, after he reacted angrily to the idea of walking to the ring first on Saturday night.
“I genuinely can’t see the fight happening if Dereck is told to come first,” Haye told Sky Sports flanked by Parker and his trainer, Irish former world champion boxer Andy Lee.
“I know it makes zero sense. He agreed it, he signed a contract and he’ll be breaking the whole… He doesn’t, he’s that guy, he doesn’t care. And unfortunately that’s just the way it is.”
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) April 30, 2021
spoke to David Haye just now. Team Chisora are packing up his stuff in boxes . Really messed up situation
— Kugan Cassius (@KuganCassius) April 30, 2021
Parker, who won the toss to walk second, doesn’t appear to be budging in his demands summed it up as such: “It’s just more drama,” he said.
“Very happy with the weight, ready to go,” he concluded.
A further report seems to indicate that Haye hasn’t been successful in his desire to convince Chisora to back down.
“Spoke to David Haye just now. Team Chisora are packing up his stuff in boxes . Really messed up situation,” wrote Kugan Cassius on Twitter.