Boxing fans were looking forward to Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora taking on the former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on the Josh Taylor vs Regis Prograis WBSS 140lb final show at the O2 Arena on Saturday 26th October. News that Parker had been bitten by a spider while in training camp in Las Vegas, forcing the New Zealander to pull out was disappointing, to say the least, but when promoter's Matchroom Boxing replaced Parker with Liverpool's David Price, many fans thought they are going to get a better fight than the original.
Both Chisora and Price have multiple defeats on their records and both have been knocked out badly, so is it that the fans think both fighters are vulnerable and this makes it a shootout?
Price is a fighter that is looking to prove himself every time he performs. Such was the expectation on his shoulders when he was the undefeated British and Commonwealth champion and knocking out decent fighters like Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton with ease. But who can forget the calamity of the two Tony Thompson defeats. Further loses to Erkan Teper, Christian Hammer, Alexander Povetkin, and Sergey Kuzmin, all by stoppage, have left the giant former Olympic bronze medallist as a British fan favourite who they desperately want to see succeed after so many failures.
Dereck Chisora is another British fan favourite. "Del Boy", has had his failures, but when his head is on straight, he has given boxing fans the world over some great fights. The first Chisora vs Whyte fight is always worth a re-run, surely the best all-action heavyweight fight of the last 10 years.
Chisora has been so entertaining, both in fight build-ups and the contests themselves that he has become one of the best-known heavyweights on the world scene. So, it is not surprising that Chisora vs Price is such a popular fight for the British fans.
This could be very entertaining for a few rounds. The two have sparred together so they know enough to gauge the perils of each other's style. Chisora will never take a backward step, so we know that Price will be under pressure to keep the Finchley, North London man at the end of his long and heavy jab. He will need to keep Chisora respectful with the straight right hand and uppercut if he is to gain a foothold in the fight. Grabbing hold as "Del Boy" gets inside Price's long punches will also be important, as Chisora can do a lot of damage with his powerful hooks to the body.
But, I think this scenario can only play out for so long. Chisora showed in his last fight against former world title challenger Artur Szpilka, that when he gets in range he is more than capable of landing devastating left hooks and overhand rights that can end the fight abruptly.
If Price lands his best right-hand shot, then the fight could end in victory for him, but form dictates that Chisora will avoid this and break the Liverpool man down before closing out the show in much the same fashion as former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin did in March 2018 when he knocked out Price in round 5.
Prediction: Chisora to knockout Price inside 5 rounds.