Dereck Chisora and David Price have 15 defeats between them.
Both British heavyweights have been brutally knocked out within the past two years as well. Their promoter, Eddie Hearn, still thinks the winner of their scheduled 12-round fight Saturday night in London will have earned another high-profile opportunity in 2020.
Chisora-Price is the co-featured fight on a card headlined by 140-pound champions Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor. New Orleans’ Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and Scotland’s Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs) are set to square off in the final of the World Boxing Super Series’ 140-pound tournament.
“The winner of Chisora-Price is gonna be in a massive fight in 2020,” Hearn told BoxingScene.com. “And, you know, this is a massive fight. In Britain, this is a massive fight. Everybody’s walking down the streets – heavyweights, Chisora’s so popular, Price is so popular. [Price] is coming off three domestic wins. Chisora has teamed with David Haye. He just knocked Artur Szpilka clean out in his last fight.”
Chisora complained publicly when this card was first announced because he thought he and his original opponent, Joseph Parker, should’ve headlined it. Price replaced Parker as Chisora’s opponent two weeks ago because New Zealand’s Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) suffered a spider bite during training camp that prevented the former WBO champion from preparing properly.
Widely viewed as an underachiever, the 36-year-old Price (25-6, 20 KOs) has won three straight fights since suffering back-to-back losses by knockout and technical knockout to Russians Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs) and Sergey Kuzmin (15-1, 11 KOs) in 2018. In his last appearance, Price stopped England’s David Allen (17-5-2, 14 KOs) after the 10th round July 20 at O2 Arena, the same site of the Chisora-Price fight.
The 35-year-old Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) has won each of his two fights since Dillian Whyte (26-1, 18 KOs) knocked him unconscious in the 11th round of their rematch 10 months ago at O2 Arena. Chisora scored an impressive knockout in his last fight as well – a second-round stoppage of Poland’s Artrur Szpilka (22-4, 15 KOs), also July 20 at O2 Arena.
Chisora-Price will be the co-featured fight of a DAZN stream set to start at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT in the United States. They’ll be the chief support prior to the Prograis-Taylor fight as part of Sky Sports Box Office’s pay-per-view show in the United Kingdom as well (7 p.m. BST; £19.95).
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.