Derek Chisora’s MUM settles heated ring walk row that almost caused Joseph Parker fight to be cancelled – as she acts as ‘voice of reason’ after Brit stormed off at weigh-in
- Derek Chisora’s mother settled a row over ring walk for Joseph Parker fight
- The two heavyweights flipped a coin in order to decide who walked first
- Chisora stormed off at the weigh-in due to the decision and threatened to cancel
- His manager David Haye revealed that his mother, Viola, convinced him to fight
Derek Chisora’s mother settled a heated row that almost caused his heavyweight fight against Joseph Parker to be cancelled.
The two fighters decided to toss a coin in order to see who entered the ring first at the Manchester Arena on May 1.
After stepping off the scales at Friday’s weigh-in, Chisora decided he didn’t want the coin toss to happen and stormed out of the room after a back-and-forth with Parker and his team.
Derek Chisora’s mother settled a row that almost caused Joseph Parker fight to be cancelled
The Brit refused to honour their agreement to flip a coin to see who would make entrance last
Parker had won the coin toss and with it the right to walk in second on Saturday night
Chisora’s manager Haye took part in the coin toss in a bid to try and resolve the issue, but New Zealander Parker won it and subsequently the right to walk in second.
The British heavyweight’s reaction almost threw the fight into jeopardy, but his manager David Haye revealed that his mother Viola talked ‘Delboy’ into continuing on with the fight weekend.
‘It sounds crazy,’ Haye told Sky Sports News. ‘I didn’t see the fight happening with Derek walking to the ring first.
‘But thankfully the voice of reason came in – Viola, Derek’s lovely mother, and she is the only person he actually listens to.
An angry Chisora looks out of the window of his hotel room in Manchester on Friday afternoon
Chisora is set to headline a stacked card at the Manchester Arena against Parker
‘I spoke to Viola about an hour ago and she said, ‘I told him he’s going to come to the ring first, like he promised, and that’s that.
‘I talked to Derek, and Derek sort of agreed, yes he’s agreed that.
‘The fight is 100 per cent on. Derek will be walking to the ring first as he should have done, because he lost the coin toss. We’ve got ourselves a fight.’
This is not the first time Chisora, who tipped the scales at 17st 12lbs on Friday, has threatened to pull out of a fight if he didn’t get his own way, having coincidentally done it back in 2019 when he was first scheduled to take on Parker.
That fight was supposed to go ahead on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s unification clash with Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series final before Parker had to withdraw due to a spider bite.
‘You want to put these guys, and nobody knows about them, on my show, and try and mug me off,’ Chisora said during an angry rant at a press conference back in September 2019.
The veteran heavyweight threatened to pull out of a fight with Parker in 2019 in a row over pay
‘No cares about the Muhammad Ali trophy (the prize Taylor and Prograis were competing for). If I’m not going to be main event I want more money or I’m pulling out the show.
‘Boxing right now is thriving on the heavyweights.
‘Nobody cares about you [Regis Prograis] let’s be honest. Don’t get me started, I don’t give a s***. Am I taking the main stage yes or no? If I’m not I want more money.’
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