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Derek Chisora threatens to pull out of Joseph Parker fight over ring walk

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published on DAZN.com.

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Dereck Chisora’s reputation for outrageous behavior at weigh-ins and press conferences before and after fights precedes him, but he might’ve topped himself on Friday.

The weigh-in for his heavyweight showdown with Joseph Parker seemed to go without incident, as the two stepped onto the scales and received their official readings, Chisora 250.5 pounds and Parker 241.25.

However, Chisora admitted to Sky Sports afterward that he may abandon the fight altogether if he does not get to make his ring walk after the New Zealander is already in the ring.

“We are arguing,” Chisora said. “They want a coin flip for who comes into the ring first and second. I said, ‘No. I’m not doing that. Either I come in second, or I’ll go home right now! I’m not in a good mood.'”

This came after a report that the aforementioned coin flip had already taken place, and Parker had won.

Chisora’s manager, David Haye, said during Matchroom Boxing’s live weigh-in coverage that his fighter could indeed walk out on the show if he doesn’t enter the ring after Parker. Parker, a former WBO heavyweight champion, was not interested.

“It’s just more drama,” Parker said.

It seems highly unlikely Chisora would scupper a highly publicized main event without severe consequences.

If the bout were to fall through, it’s likely undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor’s defense against Natasha Jonas could seamlessly slot into the headline spot at short notice.

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