There will be a rematch of one of the most competitive fights of 2021.
DAZN and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing announced Thursday a second bout between heavyweights Joseph Parker and Dereck Chisora on December 18 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. New Zealand’s Parker barely beat Zimbabwe’s Chisora in their back-and-forth, 12-round match May 1 at Manchester Arena.
Chisora scored a knockdown during the first round of their bout, but Parker recovered and conquered Chisora by split decision in a main event DAZN streamed in the United States. DAZN will stream their rematch worldwide as part of the streaming service’s deal with Matchroom.
The 29-year-old Parker (29-2, 21 KOs) extended his winning streak to five by beating Chisora. The London-based Chisora (32-11, 23 KOs) has lost back-to-back 12-round decisions to Parker and Ukraine’s Oleksander Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs), but he remains a legitimate heavyweight contender.
Parker-Chisora was one of three shows DAZN officially announced Thursday.
The first of those three events will take place October 16, when four-division champion Mikey Garcia will square off against Spain’s Sandor Martin in a 12-round, 143-pound main event in Fresno, California.
Garcia (40-1, 30 KOs), of Moreno Valley, California, will fight for the first time since he out-pointed Jessie Vargas (29-3-2, 11 KOs) in a 12-rounder in February 2020 in Frisco, Texas. He is a heavy favorite to beat Martin (38-2, 13 KOs), who hasn’t faced an opponent nearly as accomplished or skilled as Garcia.
DAZN will stream the Garcia-Martin card from Chukchansi Park, the home baseball stadium of the Fresno Grizzlies, a Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
DAZN also announced the Dillian Whyte-Otto Wallin heavyweight fight Thursday, which was first reported by BoxingScene.com on Wednesday.
Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) and Sweden’s Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) are set to square off October 30 at O2 Arena in London, Whyte’s adopted hometown. Whyte will defend his WBC interim championship against Wallin, who has lost only a 12-round unanimous decision to unbeaten WBC champ Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.