He lost the coin toss and then he lost the fight. Derek Chisora, never one for slipping quietly into the night, was a picture of frothing disgruntlement about both.
To hear him in the aftermath of a compelling bout with Joseph Parker was to be told of conspiracies and shadowy forces that are out to hinder his career.
It seemed more reasonable to conclude that the 37-year-old was on the wrong end of a split decision after a close fight, but the charm with Chisora — and there is some, actually — is that he is nothing if not unconventional.
Derek Chisora (right) insists he beat Joseph Parker (left) and wants a rematch to prove it
His late-career evolution into a pay-per-view attraction has shown as much, particularly as he keeps pulling in lucrative work despite his many defeats. He has developed into a bankable guarantee of drama. Plenty of that can be tiresome — the threats to abandon this fight over the coin toss relating to ring entrances being the latest — and yet his performances at the age of 37 have a pleasant habit of leaving you surprised. He pulled off the trick again on Saturday.
By dropping a former world champion on his backside in round one, he showed once more he can be a menace at the gateway to the elite. But he was panting by halfway and lost too many rounds on the stretch, which allowed sufficient uncertainty among the judges for Parker to edge it on the cards. It is fair to wonder if Chisora should now desist with this dangerous job, given he has now lost 11 times and twice in a row. But he is going to plough on, rightly or wrongly.
‘I can’t get upset any more,’ said Chisora. ‘I train hard every day, I give everything in the gym and these are the results I get. I won this fight. But you know what, I won’t let them slow me down.’
Parker’s hand is raised to signal his ever so narrow triumph over Chisora on Saturday evening
A rematch with Parker was agreed in principle at ringside. ‘They want to see me retire but I’m not retiring yet, forget that,’ said Chisora. ‘Joe said he wants to give me a rematch. I’ll take the rematch, easy.’
There was also talk of another rematch between Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas after the Irishwoman shaded another close points decision by 96-94 and 96-95 (twice). Taylor led early but Jonas, twice beaten by the Irishwoman in the amateurs, launched a charge in the middle rounds.
Taylor’s quicker finish secured her defence of the undisputed lightweight world titles. Her next outing will be against a mandatory challenger, possibly at Elland Road in September, before a December clash with either Jonas or the unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano.
Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn has indicated that an announcement could be made this week on Anthony Joshua’s fight with Tyson Fury in early August.
Contrary to scepticism in the Fury camp, Hearn is confident the fight is on, although there is no convincing explanation over how this plan dovetails with Joshua trainer Rob McCracken’s obligations at the Tokyo Olympics with Team GB.
Discussions are also rife of a rematch between Katie Taylor (left) and Natasha Jones (right)