By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE-BORN British heavyweight boxer Dereck Chisora has set his sights on a potential clash with former World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Joseph Parker from New Zealand after beating Albanian Senad Gashi in his comeback fight at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday.
Chisora, in his first bout under trainer Dave Coldwell, won by a unanimous decision – 100-90, 100-91, and 99-91 on the judges’ scorecards.
The 35-year-old was making a return to the ring for the first time since his defeat to London rival Dillian Whyte last time out.
Chisora improved his career record to 30-9 with the victory but it was a far from entertaining victory against a defensive opponent who frustrated him with his elusive style.
The fight was a somewhat laboured affair, with Gashi adopting a defensive strategy which saw him safely through the 10 rounds.
But the win for Chisora sets up a likely bout against Parker, who hasn’t fought since December when he beat Alexander Flores.
According to reports, the fight would likely take place on the undercard of Dillian Whyte’s fight against Columbian Oscar Rivas.
There are also reports that Chisora could fight Englishman Dave Allen, but his promoter David Haye likes the prospects of fighting the former WBO champion.
“From our side, it can be made very, very easily,” Haye told Sky Sports.
“Joseph Parker is a great fighter. He’s a friend of mine, he’s used my gym in the past when he’s been over here.
“I think that fight in the summer is great,” added Haye. “Joseph Parker is the perfect opponent for Derek.
“He is someone else who is coming off a good run of form, obviously he’s lost to Dillian Whyte and to Anthony Joshua, but apart from that, he’s got a perfect record.
“He’s known in the UK, and people know he comes to fight. He’s always in exciting fights; Dillian Whyte was very exciting. I hope him and his team are ready to come over because Derek definitely is ready and we can make a fight with Parker.
“I think both of their styles would gel really well, Joseph is a lot younger, a hell of lot younger than Derek, but Derek has got the experience. He’s been there, done it and mixed with the very best. It would be a good fight for the fans.”