Derek Chisora vs Gerald Washington in the Undercard of Joshua vs Whyte 2??
Reports suggest that British heavyweight Derek Chisora is set to face Gerald Washington on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Dillian Whyte 2 fight on August 12th at the O2 Arena in London. This addition to the card seems like a strategic move to attract older British fans to purchase the event on DAZN for £26.95.
Chisora, at 39 years old, will be taking on the 6’7″ former world title challenger Washington, who has been inactive since January 2022 and holds a record of 2-5 in the last five years. Washington’s recent lack of success makes him a suitable opponent for Chisora, who has struggled in his own career. Chisora has lost four out of his last five fights since 2020, with his only win being a controversial split decision over Kubrat Pulev last year. Some fans and experts believe Pulev should have won that fight.
Chisora has been a familiar face in the boxing world for a long time, and matching him against the 41-year-old Washington could entice fans who are on the fence about purchasing the Joshua-Whyte II event. However, it’s clear that this matchup isn’t the marquee fight that promoter Eddie Hearn needs to draw in a wider audience. Hearn said:
“We are waiting for the board approval for the Derek Chisoa fight. We wanted to announce it a few days ago, but we were calling the board, waiting for approval, and will likely announce it anyway, subject to board approval today or tomorrow.
“Yes, the plan is to have Derek Chisora fight on the main card. No, it’s a much better fighter than Mariusz Wach and quite a tough fight,” said Hearn, sounding mysterious. “I’ll wait for it to be announced.”
Eddie Hearn confirmed that the Chisora-Washington fight is still awaiting board approval but expressed that it would be a tougher challenge for Chisora than his previous opponent. Other fights on the Joshua-Whyte 2 card include Filip Hrgovic vs. Demsey McKean, Johnny Fisher vs. Harry Armstrong, George Liddard vs. Radek Rousal, Maisey Rose Courtney vs. Gemma Ruegg, and Campbell Hatton vs. Tom Ansell.