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Chisora vs Parker LIVE! Boxing updates and undercard results

A heavyweight main event headlines a stacked Matchroom pay-per-view card at the AO Arena in Manchester tonight.

Chisora vs Parker is a bout long in the making, having originally supposed to have taken place in 2019, though almost got cancelled again on Friday amid a bizarre row about the ring walk order.

New Zealander Parker needs a good performance tonight after a succession of low-key bouts, but the battle-hardened Chisora will look to put an end to his hopes of returning to world title contention.

In tonight’s co-main event, Katie Taylor puts her undisputed lightweight champion status on the line in a contest against London 2012 opponent Natasha Jonas.

Croydon’s Craig Richards also challenges Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light-heavyweight title, while Chris Eubank Jr returns against Marcus Morrison and Campbell Hatton – son of British boxing great Ricky – and heavyweight prospect Johnny Fisher fight for only the second time as professionals.

Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker

Katie Taylor v Natasha Jonas

Campbell Hatton v Levi Dunn

Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison

Dmitry Bivol v Craig Richards

Johnny Fisher bt Phil Williams

Jovanni Straffon bt James Tennyson

Scott Fitzgerald bt Gregory Trenel

Live updates

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Having said that, there is no question that Richards would be pulling off an almighty shock if he managed to dethrone Bivol tonight.

Let’s see if the Russian has any ring rust to shake off.

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The hope Richards will have tonight is that Bivol has not fought at all since his latest title defence against Gilbert Lenin Castillo in Chicago in October 2019.

Meanwhile, Richards stopped Shakan Pitters in the ninth round of their British title fight in Redditch in December.

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Joshua vs Fury latest

Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn is asked between fights for an update on Joshua-Fury.

He reiterates what he has said before with regards to this long-running saga, that the lucrative, undisputed all-British heavyweight fight will happen this summer and that he would expect an announcement next week.

He supports Frank Warren’s claim from last night that the site contract has now come through from Saudi Arabia, now it needs lawyers etc from all parties to go over it in detail.

“We can’t move any quicker,” he insists.

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Bivol vs Richards next

Next it’s a big step up for Croydon’s Craig ‘Spider’ Richards.

The British light-heavyweight champion challenges Dmitry Bivol for the Russian’s WBA belt.

Richards is a heavy underdog against Bivol, who is unbeaten in 17 pro bouts and has been a world champion since 2017.

His unblemished record includes wins against the likes of Sullivan Barrera, Joe Smith Jr and Jean Pascal.

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So Fisher moves to 2-0 as a professional.

He calls the fight a learning experience and says it was important to show that he could fight for more than one round.

He admits he is too trigger happy in loading up that right hand, stating that his jab is actually the better weapon.

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Fisher vs Williams

Fisher tries to combine those body strikes with some battering right hands upstairs and referee Howard Foster has now seen enough.

Williams had stopped throwing back and was trying to just cling onto Fisher.

Fisher gets the stoppage midway through the third.

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Fisher vs Williams

Williams is in survival mode, but Fisher starts to sink in more thudding, energy-sapping body punches that slow him even further.

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Fisher vs Williams

Williams dips and moves to try and evade these onslaughts, but he’s feeling the pace and breathing heavily.

Fisher is throwing plenty and not quite having the success he would want, but the shots are clearly wearing down his opponent, who tries to tangle up.

A solid hook to the body lands nicely for Fisher late in the round.

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Fisher vs Williams

Fisher is sizing up his opponent early on, trying to tee up that big right hand at every opportunity.

He’s told by his corner to get that left jab working, which he does a couple of times.

Williams is tagged with a couple of heavy shots before the bell, but makes it to the end of the first round.

Dominant from Fisher, but a little bit scruffy nonetheless and he needs more variety in those punches.

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Fisher vs Williams

This heavyweight four-rounder is underway.

Will it be another quick victory for the powerful Fisher?

He previously trained with Joe Joyce and now works in Mark Tibbs’ gym with the likes of Daniel Dubois.


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