PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Derek Chisora threatens to pull out of Joseph Parker fight after losing a COIN TOSS to make his ring entrance last, with David Haye desperately trying to talk him round
- Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker’s heavyweight fight on Saturday is in jeopardy
- The Brit is threatening to pull out in a row over who’ll walk to the ring second
- An agreement was made to flip a coin for it, but Chisora is refusing to honour it
- David Haye has been trying to talk Chisora around after Parker won the coin flip
Derek Chisora has threatened to pull out of Saturday’s main event fight with Joseph Parker after losing a coin toss to make his ring entrance last, with his manager David Haye desperately trying to talk him round in a bid to salvage the show.
The British heavyweight and Parker had bizarrely agreed to flip a coin to see who would make their ring entrance last, which was drawn into the fight contract, but Chisora is now refusing to honour it.
After stepping off the scales at Friday’s weigh-in, Chisora decided he didn’t want the coin toss to happen and stormed out of the room after a back-and-forth with Parker and his team.
Derek Chisora is threatening to pull out of Saturday’s fight with Joseph Parker in ring walk row
Matchroom’s Frank Smith (far right) and Chisora’s manager David Haye (back centre) went to his room after the weigh-in to try and talk the heavyweight round
An angry Chisora looks out of the window of his hotel room in Manchester on Friday afternoon
Chisora’s manager Haye took part in the coin toss in a bid to try and resolve the issue, but New Zealander Parker won it and subsequently the right to walk in second.
The fight however is now in jeopardy with the Brit threatening to withdraw and leave the hotel if he is not allowed to make his entrance last.
Sportsmail can reveal that Haye and Frank Smith of Matchroom went to Chisora’s room after the weigh-in to try and calm him down and persuade him to go ahead with the fight.
A furious Chisora told Sky Sports after an intense face off with Parker: ‘We’re arguing right now, back there. They want to do a coin flip, who comes in the ring first and who comes in the ring second.
‘I was like, ‘No, not doing that.’ Either I come in second or I’ll go home right now!’
Asked if the matter could be worked out, Chisora added: ‘Don’t know. I’m not in a good mood now.’
Chisora’s manager Haye confirmed the heavyweight is unwilling to walk in first and fears the fight may have to be scrapped.
‘I genuinely can’t see the fight happening, if Derek is told to come first,’ Haye said.
Chisora’s manager Haye (middle) admitted he fears Saturday’s fight will not go ahead
The 37-year-old said he will leave the hotel and go home if he is made to walk first on Saturday
‘I know it makes zero sense. He agreed it, he signed the contract. He’s just that guy, he doesn’t care, and unfortunately that’s just the way it is.’
This is not the first time Chisora, who tipped the scales at 17st 12lbs on Friday, has threatened to pull out of a fight if he didn’t get his own way, having coincidentally done it back in 2019 when he was first scheduled to take on Parker.
That fight was supposed to go ahead on the undercard of Josh Taylor’s unification clash with Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series final before Parker had to withdraw due to a spider bite.
‘You want to put these guys, and nobody knows about them, on my show, and try and mug me off,’ Chisora said during an angry rant at a press conference back in September 2019.
Chisora is set to headline a stacked card at the Manchester Arena against Parker on Saturday
The Brit refused to honour their agreement to flip a coin to see who would make entrance last
‘No cares about the Muhammad Ali trophy (the prize Taylor and Prograis were competing for). If I’m not going to be main event I want more money or I’m pulling out the show.
‘Boxing right now is thriving on the heavyweights.
‘Nobody cares about you [Regis Prograis] let’s be honest. Don’t get me started, I don’t give a s***. Am I taking the main stage yes or no? If I’m not I want more money.’
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn remains confident Saturday’s heavyweight showdown will happen, but admitted the dispute could rumble on up until the 11th hour.
‘I’m glad David Haye is his manager as he will now have to go try to sort it,’ Hearn said.
Parker had won the coin toss and with it the right to walk in second on Saturday night
A furious Chisora said he didn’t know if the issue could be resolved before fight night
‘But I think it will go on for a few hours at least, it may even go into the day of the fight right up until they walk.’
Parker’s team, meanwhile, are also refusing to budge and are adamant the New Zealander should walk last because he is a former world champion and ranked higher than the 37-year-old Chisora.
‘It’s just more drama,’ Parker said on Friday. ‘It’s fight time now. It’s time for business. We’re here to fight, we’re ready.
‘We’ve had no problems with weight. The body is healthy and fresh and ready to go.
‘I want to knock him out. I’ll certainly beat him, but I want to knock him out. That’s what I want to do.’
The veteran heavyweight threatened to pull out of a fight with Parker in 2019 in a row over pay
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