Derek Chisora remains SILENT in the final press conference ahead of his Joseph Parker rematch, instead covering his mouth with an ‘Eddie (Hearn) pay me now’ sticker and blasting Bohemian Rhapsody over a speaker… after arriving 21 minutes late
- Derek Chisora stayed silent in the final presser ahead of his Joseph Parker fight
- The heavyweight arrived 21 minutes late and didn’t say a word throughout
- He instead sported an ‘Eddie (Hearn) pay me now’ sticker covering his mouth
- Parker was more vocal, insisting he will win the enticing rematch by knockout
- It was Parker who claimed a controversial split decision win back in May
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Derek Chisora was up to his usual antics as he opted to remain silent throughout the entirety of the final press conference ahead of his rematch against Joseph Parker this weekend, having turned up 21 minutes late.
The heavyweight, sporting his customary ‘WAR’ face mask, lowered it to unveil an ‘Eddie (Hearn) pay me now’ sticker covering his mouth, instantly making it clear that he wasn’t willing to answer any of the promoter’s pre-fight questions.
Chisora, 37, fell to a split decision defeat to Parker in their first fight back in May, a decision that left the Briton incensed, but he will get a shot at redemption as the pair run it back at, again at the Manchester Arena, on Saturday night.
Derek Chisora (right) ignored the questions of Eddie Hearn (left) as he remained silent in the final press conference ahead of his rematch with Joseph Parker on Saturday
Parker was given the nod on points in the first bout, a decision that left Chisora incensed
Though remaining silent throughout, Chisora certainly created an abundance of noise, as he blasted Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody out of a speaker sat on the table in front of him.
Trainer Dave Coldwell – who has reunited with ‘Del Boy’, having been in his corner for his second-round stoppage win over Artur Szpilka in 2019 – was left in hysterics, while Hearn couldn’t help but sing a long in a quite bizarre press conference.
Having arrived perhaps fashionably late, Chisora also opted not to shake the hand of Parker’s promoter David Higgins, instead sticking his middle finger up at him.
There was a rather more uneventful face-off between the heavyweight duo after Hearn wrapped up proceedings, with more action to be expected at Friday’s weigh-in.
Chisora also emphatically rejected a handshake from Parker’s promoter David Higgins (left)
The heavyweight squared off on ahead of their eagerly-anticipated rematch this weekend
Chisora is known for his press conference antics, throwing a table at Dillian Whyte (L) in 2016
Chisora has built a reputation for his press conference antics, having famously brawled with David Haye after his defeat to Vitali Klitschko in 2012, also throwing a table at Dillian Whyte ahead of their 2016 bout.
Chisora was also in a playful mood at the open workouts on Wednesday night, finding the time alongside his opponent to oversee a game of musical chairs among those in the crowd.
The Brit picked a number of media members and former fighters out the crowd to play the party game, which included the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Anthony Crolla and TV personality Josh Denzel.
Regardless of the fun and games on show, both fighters have acknowledged the rematch is a make-or-break fight, with plenty of options available for the winner, while the loser will be somewhat stranded in limbo.
Del Boy was all smiles at an open workout on Wednesday night, just days before the fight
Sonny Bill Williams (centre) was picked out by Parker to partake in the musical chairs game
Parker, who was significantly more vocal throughout the press conference, insisted he is gunning for the knockout.
‘The crowd made Derek feed off of them and having no crowd is pretty weird,’ he said, after the first fight was held behind closed doors. ‘I am looking to knock him out between round six and 10.’
Meanwhile, Chisora’s trainer Coldwell acknowledged they will face a better Parker this time, but insisted they are well prepared.
‘I think we’ll see a more aggressive and positive Joseph Parker from the first fight,’ he said.
‘I’m also seeing a better Chisora. When you have intelligence fighters, you see massive improvements from the first fights as fighters learn from mistakes. We’re going to see a better fight because the fighters will be better.’
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