Dereck Chisora’s hopes of an immediate rematch against Joseph Parker have been dealt a blow after the New Zealander suffered an injury in their fight on Saturday.
Parker notched up his fifth consecutive win since losing to Dillian Whyte in 2018 but it has come at a cost after damaging his right elbow against Chisora. The split decision victory raised a few eyebrows as many scorecards in the boxing community had ‘War’ Chisora winning the fight. The 37-year-old Brit was quick to request to a return bout against Parker which the 29-year-old had no problem with.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Parker’s manager David Higgins said: “Joe did tell me that he suffered an elbow injury halfway through.
“He hasn’t said that publicly, I don’t know if he will, but he did tell me that.
“He’s going to get his right elbow looked at, because that could be why you didn’t see the flurry at the end when Chisora was on the ropes. Hopefully, it’s a minor issue.”
Higgins was pleased with Parker’s performance and praised new trainer Andy Lee for the work he has done in a short amount of time.
“There’s definitely encouraging signs that we believe, given more time with Andy Lee, he will improve further.
“Joseph has got some new tools going with Andy. I think you would expect to see him even more composed and up the ante on what he built in that first fight.”
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