Eddie Hearn: “I Want To Make Chisora Against Andy Ruiz”
By: Hans Themistode
Andy Ruiz Jr. is up and roaring for a return to the ring. With a newfound hunger to regain his heavyweight world titles, the Mexican native ended his long stint on the sidelines recently, picking up a unanimous decision against Chris Arreola in May of 2021.
As the 32-year-old gears up for another run, Ruiz Jr. left his opponent selection to his undying fans.
“Who should I fight next?” Asked Ruiz Jr. on his social media account.
As the comments began flooding in, Derek Chisora chimed in with a suggestion of his own.
“Want to come to London?” Responded Chisora.
Although it appeared to be fun and games initially, promoter Eddie Hearn has become intrigued by the entire ordeal. In fact, not only does Hearn find a showdown between both heavyweight contenders a fascinating one, he recently revealed that he took things a step further.
“I want to make Chisora against Andy Ruiz,” said Hearn on Instagram live. “I made PBC an offer for that fight on Friday, they want more money, understood.”
If all goes well, a showdown between Ruiz Jr. and Chisora would pit two fighters currently heading in opposite directions. As mentioned previously, Ruiz Jr. is looking to build upon his one-sided win against Arreola. Chisora, on the other hand, has failed to record a victory since a fourth-round stoppage win over David Price in 2019.
But, despite coming up short over the past few years, Chisora has faced the cream of the heavyweight crop. In 2020, Chisora attempted to slow down the hype train of current heavyweight unified champion, Oleksandr Usyk. While he did his best to send Usyk home packing, the British native was handed a close unanimous decision defeat.
Following his bout against Usyk, Chisora fought back-to-back contests against former titlist, Joseph Parker. Ultimately, Parked saddled two more defeats to Chisora’s name.
In the end, while he hasn’t come up on the winning end too often as of late, Hearn reiterated that a matchup between Chisora and Ruiz Jr. is one that he desperately wants.
“I want to make Chisora against Andy Ruiz. I think it’s a great fight.”
Joseph Parker Picks Himself Up Off The Deck, Decisions Derek Chisora
By: Hans Themistode
For long-time heavyweight journeymen Dereck Chisora, he appeared only moments away bagging the biggest win of his career and moving from perpetual gatekeeper to certified contender.
Heading into his showdown against former world champion Joseph Parker, Chisora believed his man would fold the moment he felt his power. He almost proved to be Nostradamus as Parker hit the deck within the first ten seconds of the opening round. While he quickly rose back to his feet, Chisora jumped all over him. Not appearing to have his legs completely underneath him, Parker opted to move away from the looping right hands of Chisora.
With round one safely in the bag for Chisora, he followed up his momentum with an aggressive round two. The British native pounded away at the body of Parker and found a home for a deceptive left hand over the top. Parker, on the other hand, was visibly rattled. The former titlist struggled with both the timing and physicality of Chisora and had little to no answers. But while Parker was constantly on the wrong end of an early offensive onslaught, Chisora was slowing down.
The lumbering heavyweight breathed deeply in between rounds as he listened to the instructions given to him in his corner. With a chance to steal a bit of momentum, Parker wasted no time. He pushed out a consistent jab that snapped Chisora’s head back and snuck in a few powerful right hooks that, at least momentarily, stopped him right in his tracks.
As the midway point of their contest rolled by, Chisora was still presumably ahead. Yet, the aggression he displayed early on became less and less apparent. He traded in body shots and hooks to the head for grappling on the inside as he attempted to catch his second wind. Luckily for Chisora, he got what he was looking for as began pushing the pace once again in round eight. Refusing to be outworked for a second time, Parker fired back with several hard shots of his own and towards the end of the round, appeared to hurt the 37-year-old Chisora.
As the championship rounds came around, Chisora was unquestionably dead tired. His high work rate slowed to a crawl as he simply defended himself while walking into big shots. Parker, while tired himself, responded well to the final few rounds. He bounced on his toes as if to say he had plenty left in the tank and landed his left hand at will.
With everything seemingly on the table in the 12th and final round, Parker went for it, hurting Chisora on several occasions as he finished strong. Still, with the early lead Chisora built, the British product believed he did more than enough to bring home the biggest win of his career. Unfortunately for him, however, the second-half surge of Parker edged him over the finish line via split decision.
Despite another loss plastered to Chisora’s resume and regardless of his age inching towards 40, the long-time veteran isn’t keen on ending his career anytime soon.
“I’m getting upset now,” said Chisora following his defeat. “I bring everything and this is the treatment I get from boxing? I think they don’t like me but you know what? I won’t let them slow me down. No way, I will go again.”