Joseph Parker’s manager, David Higgins, says Derek Chisora is heading for ‘disaster’ and ‘retirement’ ahead of their fight on May 1 at the Manchester Arena (Chisora 11/8, Draw 22/1, Parker 8/13 – match odds).

Parker will fight in England for the first time since July 2018, with the New Zealander losing both fights on his last visit to the UK.

Both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte got the better of Parker, but the 29-year-old has since beaten Alexander Flores, Alex Leapai, Shawndell Terell Winters and Junior Fa.

Former WBO heavyweight champion Parker (Parker 4/7, Chisora 5/4 – Draw No Bet) can put himself back in the world title picture with a victory, but Chisora will fancy his chances after an impressive run of performances.

‘War’ has tackled the likes of Carlos Takam, Whyte, Senad Gashi, Artur Szpilka, David Price and Oleksandr Usyk in recent years, but Higgins says the Brit is in for a tough night in what could be his final fight.

Higgins told the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast: “On his day, he [Chisora] can show up and knock someone out like he did against Carlos Takam, and so we’ve always got to be wary of that.

“But provided that Joseph Parker does not make a silly mistake, and executes his game-plan, then I see him retiring Derek Chisora.

“This is a fight where if Joseph wins, he’s got a genuine second world title shot right in front of him. Eddie Hearn has confirmed that.

“The winner will be on a world title shot, I’d say within a year, and the loser will be on the scrap heap. If it’s Derek Chisora, I’d say he’ll probably retire.”

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