Some good news for Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing on Tuesday, as they have found an opponent for heavyweight Dereck Chisora and the co-Main Event in London on Saturday night October 26th.
Fellow Brit David Price will step in to face the favored Chisora in a scheduled 12-rounder. Hearn made the announcement on social media:
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 8, 2019
Chisora, 31 – 9, 22 KOs, was to have fought former WBO World Champ Joseph Parker in three weeks. However, the New Zealander Parker was bitten by a spider, recently and had to stop training calling off the fight. Chisora comes off of a 2nd round knockout of Artur Szpilka in July at the O2 Arena in London,
That’s where the Matchroom card featuring the World Boxing Super Series Jr. Welterweight title showdown between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis will battle in the main event, later in the month. Chisora previously gave the press conference performance of the year (above) ripping Taylor-Prograis as the main event.
Chisora said Tuesday in a Matchroom statement about his new opponent,
“It didn’t matter who got in the ring with me on October 26th I’m ready for WAR. Parker b*tched out, it’s like he thinks he is Peter Parker not Joseph Parker with his Spider-Man excuses. It’s cool, let him do his thing,” Chisora said.
“David Price has stepped up and I’m ready for whatever he brings. If he thinks I’m just going to stand there and be a punch bag like Dave Allen he is in for a shock. This is north versus south and in my home town I write the rules. Saturday 26th October get ready to scream TIMBER!”
Price is 25 – 6, with 20 KOs and was originally supposed to have fought in late November. He won by 10th round TKO over fellow Brit, Dave Allen, on the same July show, where Chisora beat Szpilka.
Price said of taking on the big punching Chisora,
“I’m very excited for this fight,” said Price. “Derek is a great competitor and I’m sure he’ll bring the best out of me. I kept in the gym all summer because I had a feeling I had to be ready for a call like this, and ready I am.”
Chisora is in hopes of potentially getting in line for a 2020 title fight, specifically, if England’s Anthony Joshua can regain his Heavyweight Title belts in his upcoming December 7th rematch with American Andy Ruiz.