Sam Sexton: “I think it’s the last chance for Parker if he loses.”

Sam Sexton: “I think it’s the last chance for Parker if he loses.”

By Tom Quinton

Its fight night across the country this Saturday as boxing lights up the UK for one last outing before Christmas with shows in Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich taking centre stage.

The Manchester AO Arena plays host again for DAZN last UK show in 2021 as British Heavyweight Derek Chisora (32-11) takes on New Zealand’s Joseph Parker (29-2) looking for revenge after the Kiwi walked away with a split decision win back in May.

FightPost caught up with former British heavyweight champion who Sam Sexton (24-4) gave his views on how his former opponent ‘Del Boy’ can put himself back into title contention and how his ‘old pals’ Ryan and Michael Walsh can put on a show for Norwich.

“He’s got that killer instinct, (Chisora) if he sees you’re in trouble he jumps on you. He got the ring smarts, when we fought he was unsure of himself back then. He got me on a couple of occasions when it was best to fight me.”

Sexton first faced Chisora in 2008 losing via a sixth round TKO, the pair then squared up again two years later with Sexton’s Commonwealth heavyweight title and the then vacant British heavyweight title at stake also.

“The first fight I will admit I didn’t train for him at all. I took it all for granted big time, I took him lightly and got beat. The second time around personal circumstances meant I wasn’t able to train or have the time I needed to be ready.

“I said to my trainer I’m going to have to pull out. We went to the British Boxing Board and they said if we pulled out they would strip me on the title. I shouldn’t have boxed but I’m a man of pride.”

Sexton went on to win the British heavyweight title in 2017 when he beat Gary Cornish in Edinburgh but lost in his first defence against Hughie Fury who came into the bout on the back of a majority decision loss to Chisora’s opponent Joseph Parker for his WBO heavyweight strap.

“The second fight is an interesting one. I think Del wins it. I sometimes look at Derek’s fights and think of Danny Williams. In some fights he’s looked world class then in others he doesn’t look like he’s up for the occasion.

“He’s a big, strong, come forward fighter. He’s a pressure fighter, the pressure he puts you under is immense. He’s tough.

“If you get the Chisora that turned up for the Vitali Klitschko fight, don’t get me wrong I know he got beat and he’s a much older man now but a Chisora in that mood is a winner.”

The Norfolk fighter believes that a loss for Parker could be damaging for the heavyweights titles aspirations.

“I look at Parker and thinks he’s a nearly man. Been in some big fights but hasn’t really done a lot in those fights. He’s tough but I think he’s probably past his best. It’s a fight Parker needs more than Del.

“Del’s a good name for to have on anyone’s record, he will probably get another big fight after this one if he wants it. I think it’s the last chance for Parker if he loses.”

In a busy heavyweight division the 37 year old believes there is only one man to unify the decision and that’s Tyson Fury.

The current Ring and WBC champion fought as a young pro in Norfolk when he secured a second round TKO victory at the Norfolk Showground, which is set to stage the counties biggest boxing show in recent years.

Topping the bill is Ryan Walsh (26-3-2) who will face Scotland’s Ronnie Clark (21-6-2) in a rematch of their 2012 draw with his brother Michael (13-0) (Walsh) who will looking to make it 14 stoppages in as many fights.

“Michael is just a destruction man and I don’t see it ended any other way. The boys an animal, absolute destruction. Ryan has to be the most underrated boxer I’ve ever known. The man has defended his British title countless time. He’s never got that world title shot and I can’t understand why.

“Ryan fought Ronnie on one of the old Showground cards and it was a draw. It was a tough fight for him. I know how hard he trains, whether he’s got a fight or not, I think he’s just a different beast now, Ryan just loves boxing. He’s a technician.”

The stacked card which will be shown live on Ayozat, Sky Channel 191 Saturday night, features a host of talent from the East Anglia region with unbeaten Albian star Denis Nurja (7-0) also added to the show.

“There’s a female fighter on the card called Emma Dolan (2-0). To look at her she looks like this timid little thing but she gets in the ring and she just flips a switch. She’s ferocious. She’s reminds me of Katie Taylor, she’s one to watch.”

“For a lot of these lads it will be step up for perform at an event like this. Under the lights, you get the buzz of the crowd, it’s a different feeling. It’s like a drug, there isn’t another feeling like it.”

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