Joseph Parker is willing to reschedule a fight with Zimbabwe-born British heaveweight boxer Derek Chisora, but is not prepared to risk his career with another shortened training camp for a trip to Britain.
The New Zealander has ruled out a proposed clash against Chisora, with both teams yet to agree terms, as the former world champion would not have received enough preparation time ahead of a scheduled date at The O2 on April 20.
Promoter David Higgins admits Parker needed longer stay in Las Vegas with trainer Kevin Barry, having headed out there later than normal for the loss to Dillian Whyte, but the 27-year-old would be open to a fresh date for the Chisora fight.
“I saw comments by Dereck Chisora’s manager or promoter David Haye basically saying that our reasons for pulling the pin are trivial,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“That totally undermines the historical reality. We ran a short camp for Whyte, and we weren’t quite happy with the length, and we learned from that.
“Joseph Parker has shown he is willing to fight anyone, anywhere, any time on the right deal, but the terms have to be fair. No, Haye disregards those facts.
“I think they thought they could get unfair advantage again by leaving Joe with a jet-lagged, short camp. That’s not going to happen under my watch. The message to British boxing is – fight fair.
“Derek Chisora should give Joseph a fair and decent camp. We’ll fight Chisora anywhere, any time, but we want at least a nine or 10-week camp, and fair terms.” — Sky Sports.