British heavyweight Dereck Chisora dismisses Joseph Parker
Bullish British boxer Dereck Chisora has questioned Joseph Parker's rights to a world title, saying the Kiwi heavyweight hasn't proven himself.
Parker defends his WBO title against England's Hughie Fury in Auckland on May 6.
The fight continues to draw interest in Britain and the 33-year-old Chisora, never short of an opinion, weighed in with his views on Parker.
"He's boxed nobodies, taxi drivers, bus drivers in New Zealand. He hasn't proven himself," Chisora said.
"He has to prove himself. He's got to come out of the jungle he's been living in down there, far away from the world and come and live down on this side. Prove yourself."
Chisora has a 26-7 professional record and is the fourth ranked heavyweight in a blossoming British scene. His losses include defeats against Tyson Fury (twice), Vitali Klitschko, David Haye and Kubrat Pulev.
Last December he lost a split decision to fellow Brit Dillian Whyte in a bitter battle that saw Chisora throw a table at his opponent in the buildup.
Chisora admitted he was interested in fighting Parker – for the right money.
"Yeah 50/50 ... we meet somewhere in the middle and then we fight there," he said.
"It's about money. For me, I don't care about the titles. It's about the greens. It's about the dollar, show me the money. He can keep the title and I will keep the money, yeah, if the money was right."
Surprisingly Chisora had little to say about the prospects of Parker's clash with Fury where the Kiwi is eager to make a statement to the lucrative British market.
Asked what advice he would give Parker if he got past Fury, Chisora bristled and reiterated his ealier views.
"Don't come to Europe because I will beat you up. That's it, that's the advice I can give him because there's more tougher fighters in Europe right now than anywhere else in the world."