Whyte: Chisora can still spring a surprise

Dillian Whyte believes veteran heavyweight campaigner Dereck Chisora could score a late KO against former WBO champion Joseph Parker at the AO Arena in Manchester this Saturday evening.

Leading heavyweight contender Whyte has shared the ring with both men, beating Chisora in memorable wars in December 2016 (W12) and December 2018 (WKO11) as well as trading knockdowns with Parker en route to a stirring points win in July 2018.

Whyte feels the hot and cold Chisora should never been written off, having sprung surprises before in a rugged 42-fight career that has featured bouts against many of the heavyweight division’s leading lights.

“Dereck Chisora finds a way of coming back, because people challenge him, thinking he could be an easy fight and then he shows up and he surprises a lot of people,” Whyte told Sky Sports.

“Parker since he fought me, he hasn’t been the same, and he hasn’t fought any top guys. But he still talks, ‘I want the rematch, I want this and that’.

“I beat you last time when I had a broken rib and a broken hand, and a bad chest infection. I bullied you around the ring. [Parker is] a young guy, he’s tough, he can take a punch, but it seems like he hasn’t got so much drive any more.

“With Chisora, we know that when he’s motivated and he gets his head right and he trains right, he’s a problem for anyone.”

Brixton banger, a recent revenge winner over Alexander Povetkin, feels Chisora-Parker carries one of two probable outcomes.

“Chisora by knockout or Parker on points,” said Whyte. “If Dereck turns up properly and he’s motivated, he’s a hard night’s work for anyone. I beat him twice and knocked him out badly the second time, but he’s a hard night’s work. He’s no chump.

“Parker is tough, and he’s got fast hands and a decent work-rate, so yes there’s a high possibility that he can win on points.”