Monty Betham interviews Parker, Press release from DAZN

Parker enters the fight week bubble in Manchester with a mission to put his new skills into practice against Derek Chisora this weekend.

The former WBO World Heavyweight Champion is out to prove that he still belongs at the top, and a win over Chisora will get him another step closer to reaching his goal of becoming a 2 x world champion.

After recently parting ways with long-time coach Kevin Barry, Parker has quickly adapted to the change of his new surroundings in Tyson Fury's hometown of Morecambe, England with new coach and former WBO middleweight champion, Andy Lee.

Fury, who encouraged Parker to trial Lee as his new coach said "There is a difference between a pad holder and a teacher", and it seems the teacher is taking his student back to basics.

Parker admits that he lacked focus in some of his previous fights and that Lee has him working on his concentration, balance, stance, and footwork going into the Chisora bout.

With his newfound energy and enthusiasm, Parker is lapping up his new environment, even comparing his new camp to Auckland's popular MMA gym, City Kickboxing which is home to his last rival Junior Fa, saying that he is no longer training alone and is surrounded by other fighters with similar goals, including Fury.

Despite having the support of his new team around him, Parker will be missing the presence of his parent's this time around. This fight will be the first where Dad Dempsey and Mum Sala won't be seated ringside, as the event goes ahead without a crowd, isolated just to fighters and their immediate corner team in the Manchester venue.

Parker will no doubt be channelling all the support from back home, as well as from his fans in the UK who can't get enough of Mr nice guy. Will he leave his kind nature outside the ring as he brings focus, energy and swift footwork to Chisora this weekend?


Parker vs. Chisroa, live on, Sunday 2 May

The card takes place on Saturday, May 1 in Manchester, England starting at 7pm BST. That means the main card will begin at 4am AEST / 6am NZST in the morning of Sunday, May 2.

Main Event Ring walk approximately 7am AEST / 9am NZST


Parker vs. Chisora is available in all DAZN regions except the UK, Ireland, Samoa and New Zealand. Fight fans in Australia can sign up here.

In New Zealand, the card will stream on Spark Sport.

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