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Chisora makes scornful heavyweight title claim ahead of Parker clash

Dereck Chisora reckons he’d have been a world champion just like Joseph Parker had he been a Kiwi fighting for a world title in New Zealand.

Parker, who takes on Chisora in Manchester on Saturday, won the vacant WBO heavyweight world title against Andy Ruiz in Auckland in 2016 but lost it to Anthony Joshua 17 months later.

Chisora said: “If I had boxed for the title he won in New Zealand, I would have won it as well.

“There’s not much really happening in New Zealand.

“If that fight was on a different continent he’d have lost it because when Ruiz was bringing the heat on and pushing the fight… it went Joe’s way because it was his show.

Chisora faces Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena

“But really and truly I’ve got respect for Joe and I don’t have anything bad to say about Joe because he hasn’t done anything bad in the sport.

“He has been given fights and he has fought those fights.”

Chisora turned 37 in December but has no plans to quit the fight game anytime soon and he has teamed up with new trainer Buddy McGirt ahead of his clash with Parker.

Chisora added: “I’m feeling good, I’m in great shape, great mind, everything has gone well and I can’t complain.

“What keeps the fire burning? Money. It keeps me on fire, keeps me going.

Chisora makes scornful heavyweight title claim ahead of Parker clash
Parker lost his WBO heavyweight title to Anthony Joshua

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“You can never have enough money.

“Buddy has brought some good stuff. He’s not changing my style, he’s just putting some little things into my style. Which is good.

“People say ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ but really and truly it’s a lie. Only a stupid dog can’t learn new tricks. I’m improving on my game.”



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