Derek Chisora’s trainer Buddy McGirt has warned Joseph Parker to expect a ‘war’ when the two heavyweights meet this weekend.
And McGirt revealed he has been teaching Chisora some new tactics – including telling the veteran boxer to hit his opponenet all over the body, from the hip to the thigh.
Chisora and Parker take to the ring on Saturday 1 May at Manchester Arena as the two fighters look to keep themselves in the heavyweight title picture ahead of the much-anticipated super-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury this summer.
Chisora will be led into the ring by renowned trainer McGirt, who has worked previously with Sergey Kovalev and Matthew Macklin.
It means New Zealand star Parker is likely to face a nasty, awkward encounter, as McGirt revealed exclusively to NationalWorld.
"I don’t think Derek needs anyone to get him psyched up in any kind of way,” he said. “He knows what’s at stake here so he’s in a great place, so it makes my job so much easier.
"He’s got a great frame of mind and he knows what he has to do in this fight. As Derek Chisora would say, let's get ready for war. It’s going to be a great night.
"We've got to mug Joseph Parker and slow him down. I'm teaching Derek now to hit him anywhere, not just on the chin.
"Derek was always one to hit the guy on the chin and knock them out. I’m like 'you don’t have to always hit the guy on the chin'. You hit the guy anywhere between his knees and his neck, except his nuts. So you hit him on the thigh, you hit him on the hip, you hit him on the shoulder, you hit him anywhere you possibly can.
"You’ve got to beat him down and that’s what we’re working on and he’s getting used to it and you know he’s getting there. You don’t always have to hit the guy on the chin, hit him on the hip, hit him on the thigh, hit him anywhere.
"Slow him down, you’ve got to mug Parker. It’s gonna be a long night, we’ve got to mug him. Mugging means we’ve got to stay on him. Keep that heat on him and we’ve got to sustain it. Each round, we’ve got to step on the gas a little bit more.
"I’m teaching him to hit the guy anywhere and everywhere on any part of his body – because if you drop water on a rock long enough the rock will give in. So if you hit a guy anywhere and everywhere over a period of time he’s gonna give in."
What time is the ring walk for Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker?
The main event ring walks are expected from 10.30pm UK time.
The undercard and TV coverage starts at 6pm.
How to watch the fight – TV channel and stream details
The fight is being broadcast as a pay-per-view event in the UK with Sky Sports Box Office showing the action for a price of £19.95.
Sky+ customers can order via their remote control – press Box Office, use the arrow buttons to highlight the event. Press select, and the buy screen will be displayed. Enter your pin if prompted.
For Sky Q customers, scroll to Sports and then Box Office.
To order the fight online, click here.
Viewers can stream on their NOW TV Smart Stick or via a NOW TV box.
Who is on the Derek Chisora-Jospeh Parker undercard?
There will be a stacked card before the headline fight with a host of big names in action.
Katie Taylor takes on Natasha Jones for WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight title in a co-main event. There is also:
Dmitry Bivol v Craig Richards – for WBA (Super) light-heavyweight title
James Tennyson v Jovanni Straffon – for vacant IBO lightweight title
Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison
Campbell Hatton v TBA
Scott Fitzgerald v TBA