Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker: Fight on after Brit backs down in ring walk row thanks to mum’s intervention

Malik Ouzia
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Derek Chisora’s heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker tonight will go ahead as planned after the British fighter unsurprisingly withdrew his threat to pull out of the fight over a ring walk row.

Chisora had said he would not fight if made to walk to the ring before Parker - which he is set to do after his manager, David Haye, lost a coin toss on his behalf - but after an intervention from his mother, the Briton has ceded.

Chisora had threatened to “go home” if he had to come out before Parker, who duly chose to have his ring entrance after his rival upon winning the toss, but a potentially tricky situation has been diffused.

“I didn’t see this fight happening with Derek walking into the ring first, but thankfully the voice of reason came in,” Haye told Sky Sports. “Viola - Derek’s lovely mother - is the only person he actually listens to.

“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 he agreed, he’s agreed that’.”

Haye, an ex-cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion who beat Chisora in a fiery contest in 2012 before they became unlikely partners, revealed it is not the first time they have had to get his former foe’s mother involved.

“We’ve actually had to use Derek’s mother in the past in certain situations where we’ve been trying to get Derek to do what we all believe is the right thing and he’s not having it,” Haye added.

“We’ve had to phone his mother and say ‘can you talk to Derek because, if he doesn’t do this, this is going to happen’. So far she’s always come up trumps so I’m really happy about that.

“The fight is 100 per cent on. Derek will be walking into the ring first, as he should have done because he lost the coin toss and we’ve got ourselves a fight.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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