Spider bite sees Parker withdraw from Chisora fight
Joseph Parker has withdrawn from his upcoming fight with Dereck Chisora due to illness, citing a spider bite as the culprit. The fight was scheduled to take place in London on October 27.
Eddie Hearn is now looking for a replacement opponent for Chisora in a last-ditch attempt to save the card, after confirming Parker's withdrawal due to illness.
David Higgins, Joseph Parker's manager, stated that a spider bite might be the cause of the problem, although this would need to be confirmed via testing.
"The theory is that it was a spider bite," Higgins told Stuff on Wednesday.
"Boxing is a bizarre world but I know for a fact that Joseph is not well. He has been ordered to rest for three weeks so he can't make October 26 unfortunately."
Higgins said Parker had been ordered to rest and a doctor's certificate had been forwarded to Hearn confirming the complications and his necessary withdrawal.
Due to illness, @joeboxerparker is out of the @DerekWarChisora fight on October 26. We are working on a suitable replacement and will make a further announcement this week #boxing— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 1, 2019
Team Parker was quick to issue a statement that as soon as he's cleared to return, Parker is eager to reschedule the Chisora matchup.
"Joseph Parker has been battling a health issue at his Vegas training camp ahead of his 26 October fight. Following detailed medical assessment, doctors have confirmed that Joseph Parker is not physically able to train or fight until medical clearance is given," the statement said.
"The fight against Dereck Chisora continues to be one that Joseph Parker and his team want. Once medical clearance in given, Team Parker wants to have the fight promptly rescheduled."
Higgins stated his hope that Parker would return to the ring in 2019 if his health allows it.
"Joe is keen to get back in as soon as possible. Hopefully we will have some good news soon."
Ideally, if Parker should recover promptly, he could appear on the undercard of the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz, which takes place in December in Saudi Arabia.