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Boxing: Parker to grind out second Chisora win

Two of the biggest household names in heavyweight boxing, Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora, square off for a highly anticipated rematch at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

Parker came out on top by split decision when the two men met in May, with Chisora out for revenge this time around.

The undercard

The highlight of the undercard of Parker Chisora II sees Lerrone Richards take on Carlos Gongora in an IBO super middleweight title bout.

Both men put their undefeated records on the line, with challenger Richards attempting to take the belt Gongora has held since his win over Ali Akhmedov in December last year.

No less than 15 of the Ecuadorian's 20 wins have come by way of knockout, while Richards has taken just three of his 15 victories in the same method.

Earlier on the card, local boy Zelfa Barrett is set to take on Bruno Tarimo in a super featherweight bout while Bolton bruiser Jack Cullen faces Emre Cukur for the vacant European super-middleweight title.

The first fight

Derek Chisora started quickly in the first fight between these two, scoring a knockdown after just seven seconds of the first round. Parker recovered, however, and the two battled out a 12-round war, which the New Zealander grew into as the bout went on.

Chisora looked to fight in the pocket as much as possible, while Parker tried to utilise his height and reach advantage by working from behind his jab at range.

Del Boy felt he had done enough to get the win and was left frustrated when Parker got the split decision victory.

The three judges' scorecards read 115-113 and 116-111 in Parker’s favour and 115-113 for Chisora.

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The rematch

For this bout, the Zimbabwean-born Chisora has enlisted the help of his former coach Dave Coldwell as he looks to avenge the defeat.

Parker himself had only been with coach Andy Lee for six weeks before the first bout and feels the time spent working together since then will have improved him.

Lee is second cousin of Tyson Fury and a former world champion himself so brings a wealth of experience to Parker's corner.

Parker, still just 29-years-old, has admitted that a loss here would be a critical blow for his hopes of another world title fight. The Kiwi is ranked number two in the world by the WBO.

Chisora on the other hand is coming into this bout on the back of two losses, to Parker and to now heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Del Boy is just a few weeks shy of 38-years-old and may have to consider his future in the ring if beaten again.

Parker can stamp authority on second fight

Derek Chisora produced an impressive display in his defeat in the first bout, making Parker uncomfortable from the off and using all the tricks of the trade to try and play to his strengths.

However, that may have been the time for him to get the victory over the Kiwi, who has now had a proper camp with his new trainer to get settled in and prepare more fully for this second bout.

Parker is 4/11 to be victorious on Saturday night, with Chisora a 2/1 shot and the draw priced up at 16/1.

Given Parker's relatively modest knockout rate for a heavyweight, and the fact that Chisora has only been knocked out three times in his long career, it may pay to side with the younger man to get the win on the judges' scorecards once more at 7/5.

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