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Parker-Chisora rematch looking less likely

A mooted rematch between former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and perennial contender Dereck Chisora appears to be running out of time for a date this year.

In May, Parker marked his first fight with new trainer Andy Lee by recovering from a first-round knockdown to score a split decision victory over former WBC title challenger Chisora in Manchester, leading to immediate calls for a return from the Londoner’s camp.

But Parker’s team are still waiting for an offer for a rematch and the New Zealander’s manager David Higgins feels time is against them for a clash in 2021, with the Kiwi set to consider alternative options.

“I think the Chisora fight was a close fight and they are both household names, so a rematch could make sense there. We’re just mindful of our time being run down,” Higgins told Sky Sports.

“When we fought Dillian Whyte, it was seven odd weeks [preparation]. Chisora’s team, when he was with David Haye, tried to give us only seven weeks, so we pulled the pin. Then the last fight was only about eight weeks.

“There’s talk of the end of the year, but we haven’t seen a contract yet. I don’t think we’ll take the fight unless we get a decent nine or 10 weeks to prepare.

“I think the latest date in the year is probably that early December window, and then it runs out of time, so talk is cheap, we need to see a contract.”

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