Parker vs Whyte
Joseph Parker believes the power is finally back in his arms to fight Dillian Whyte after his rushed rehabilitation from surgery for his loss to Anthony Joshua.
Joseph Parker will probably need a knockout to beat Britain's Dillian Whyte in London and the Kiwi heavyweight is confident the power is finally returning to achieve that.
Parker has returned to Las Vegas and immediately begun training on a tight schedule for the hastily arranged July 29 fight in the British capital.
Given the aggressive style of Whyte who has amassed 14 of his 16 KO wins inside four rounds, it's unlikely this fight will go to the cards.
Dillian Whyte has the size and style to suit Joseph Parker for their looming fight in London.
Parker, facing his third fight in the UK inside a year, certainly doesn't want to take that risk.
"When you are fighting in someone's backyard a decision isn't an option for you. As soon as you go there to fight you have already lost unless you get a knock out," Parker told Stuff of his philosophy for this huge return fight on the back of his points loss to Anthony Joshua in Cardiff where he surrendered his WBO belt.
Joseph Parker revealed his problem elbows only started to come good in the immediate lead-up to his April 1 fight with Anthony Joshua.
"It's a matter of developing that power in camp so that you can knockout someone out."
Parker, who hasn't had a KO victory since he demolished Alexander Dimitrenko inside four rounds in south Auckland in October 2016, believes that is achievable now.
Persistent arm issues dogged him for more than two years before he got rushed surgery to both elbows late last year while still in negotiations to fight Joshua.
Parker revealed that the elbows, without a lengthy rehabilitation programme, still dogged him during most of his camp for Joshua. But with so much at stake - three world titles and a multi-million dollar pay day - he didn't want to be seen to be making excuses before or after the massive occasion.
Now he's free of issues and feelsd his power and timing will improve accordingly as he looks to get his 19th knockout in his 26th pro fight.
"There's no comparison," Parker said of his elbows now and in the leadup to that April 1 fight against Joshua.
"The truth is, and there's no excuses, the first four or five weeks of the Joshua camp was the most pain I've ever had," Parker said.
"It was like we didn't even have surgery on them, it felt worse."
Parker said they had to stop training and sparring to tend to them at times. His trainer Kevin Barry brought in specialists and slowly but surely improvements came.
"It was probably only during the last two weeks in Vegas that it all clicked and the pain started to disappear," Parker said.
"Now there is no pain, so not only is my weight good at around 110kg but there is no pain to start off with.
"I feel like I'm in a great space. It's a short camp but it's going to be a great camp and I'm going to make every second count."
Parker welcomes Whyte's toe-to-toe style after Joshua frustrated him with a conservative approach, happy to see out the 12-rounder and keep himself in line for bigger things against American Deontay Wilder.
Parker knows he won't have to go chasing Whyte like he did against Joshua and also against an elusive Hughie Fury in Manchester last September.
"I think his style is perfect for us. He comes forward and throws a lot of punches. Sometimes when you focus on attacking the other person you can make a mistake and walk into a big one," Parker, who appears to have a better allround game than Whyte, said.
He again praised Whyte for taking the fight when the Brit had finally manouevred his way into contention with the WBC, WBO and IBF organisations.
"He could have taken an easy one, I could have taken an easy one but what's the point? We are in the boxing business where we have to make every fight count and every fight taking us closer to the world title," Parker said.
"I think if you win this, you are top of the table to fight for a world championship."
 - Stuff
Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker: a P-P-V-worthy fight?
James Slater - June 12, 2018 11 Comments

Make no mistake, the upcoming July 28 heavyweight elimination bout between Britain’s Dillian Whyte and Australian contender Joseph Parker is a rock-solid match-up, a fight that both men deserve credit indeed for signing up for.

Both men, beaten only by Anthony Joshua, are hungry for a title shot – a second one in the case of former WBO champion Parker – as well as a chance at revenge against AJ. The stakes will be pretty high in London on fight night, no doubt. But – is this fight really a Pay-Per-View, or Box-Office-worthy fight?

We UK fight fans have already this year had to shell out for Joshua-Parker and the Tony Bellew-David Haye return, both on Sky Sports Box-Office. Now, just over two months on from Bellew’s repeat triumph over a shot Haye, we are having to get ready to part with another significant chunk of change. Add to this the World Boxing Super Series fights we have had to pay for, and it has been some expensive six or seven months for UK fight fans.

How many more Box-Office fights will Sky present to us in 2018? Joshua’s next one will certainly be P-P-V and that’s understandable, as enormous a star the reigning three-belt heavyweight champion is. But with this money assured and with the many £millions already in the banks of the powers that be behind the Sky shows we have already paid for, couldn’t we fans get very good but not great or enormous fights such as Whyte-Parker for “free?” Shouldn’t the powers that be lay off a little, not be quite so, well, greedy?

We are told how certain big fights simply HAVE to be Pay-Per-View in order to get made, that the only way the respective gigantic paydays of the two superstars can be generated is by P-P-V cash, and this is understandable. But Whyte-Parker is not such a fight or match-up.
Why Joseph Parker sees his fight with Dillian Whyte as a 50-50 affair

Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker are promising an explosive encounter when they meet in London at the end of July.

Joseph Parker sees his clash with Dillian Whyte as a "50-50" fight and believes their contrasting losses to Anthony Joshua are irrelevant.

Kiwi heavyweight Parker and British brawler Whyte have signed for a clash in London's O2 Arena on July 29 (NZT).

Joshua is the man who has handed both fighters their only defeats. Whyte (23-1) got knocked out in the sixth round by Joshua in 2015 while Parker (24-1) became the first man to go the distance with Joshua, losing his April 1 bout by unanimous points and surrendering his cherished WBO belt.

This fight has quickly emerged as a route back to the top for Parker and another opportunity for the aggressive Whyte to shine in his own back yard. It's highly marketable given their common link to Joshua but that's where the similarities end as far as Parker is concerned.

"You can't really say that he got knocked out and I went 12 rounds," Parker told Sky TV in the UK.

"Styles make fights and every fight is different and anything can happen in any fight.

"Everyone says are you confident from the 12 rounds you went. But you can't get confidence from 12 rounds ... you have top focus on the person in front of you not what you did in the past.

"I'm excited man, I can't wait. I'm in the ring with this guy who has got a longer reach than me but I want to get in there and do my thing. I think it's going to be an explosive fight.

"I see it as a 50-50 ... I see the youngness, the drive that we both have, the goals that we have to be world champion."

Given he believes the result hangs in the balance, Parker deserves credit for taking this option as a comeback fight when easier opponents beckoned following his loss to Joshua.

Whyte was critical of Parker's performance against Joshua, suggesting he had used his running shoes to avoid defeat in the hyped unification fight in Cardiff.

Whyte explained that in more depth, saying: "I felt like he had his big moment and he didn't do enough. After five or six rounds he knew he was being beaten on points, he knew he was in another man's country, he knew he (Joshua) was the champion, he knew the referee had been a little bit (shakes his head) ... so you think throw caution to the wind and go after it.

"He didn't do that but the good thing is in my fight he will feel he needs to do that."

Whyte already has a fight plan formulating as he buries himself into a training camp away from his family in south London, moving his base to Loughborough, on the outskirts of Leicester.

"Against Joshua, I saw that he's very cautious and likes to play it safe, he doesn't like to take risks," Whyte told The Mirror.

"So if I put him under enough pressure for him to take risks and fight out of his comfort zone, then I'll tag him.

"I don't think I'll have an easier fight against Parker than Joshua did, because Parker is going to want to prove himself that he is better than what he showed that night.

"Parker has got warrior DNA, he comes from warrior-based people.

"He will be very positive and very confident about beating me.

"But he knows how strong I am, he knows I can fight and what I'm capable of so let's see what happens."

In other heavyweight boxing news out of London, former world champion David Haye has retired on the back of his second successive loss to fellow Brit Tony Bellew.

Haye, 37, finishes with a 28-4 record.

Haye has allowed Parker to use his London gym regularly over the past year as the Kiwi campaigned in the UK and is sure to be involved in Parker's next visit to the British capital.


Age: 26

Record: 24-1 (18 KOs)

Height: 1.93cm

Reach: 1.93cm

DILLIAN WHYTE (Jamaica and GB)

Age: 30

Record: 23-1 (17 KOs)

Height: 1.93m

Reach: 1.98m


Lost to Anthony Joshua (GB) – Parker by unanimous points over 12 rounds, Whyte by TKO in round 6.

Beat Brian Minto (GB) - Parker won when Minto threw in towel in round 7, Whyte by 3rd round TKO.

Beat Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (Brazil) - Parker by round 7 TKO, Whyte by round 2 KO

Beat Irineu Beato Costa Junior (Brazil) - Parker by round 4 KO, Whyte won by round 1 KO).

- Stuff
Really good fight this one and I hope the build up remains civil.

The back and forth between the Joshua and Wilder fans has turned badly toxic, I'm staying clear of the big forums until that fight is over.

The card
Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker doing well so far at the box office

12,000 tickets have been sold today for the crunch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker heavyweight clash at The O2 in London on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Tickets flew out on general sale today after venue and Matchroom Fight Pass pre-sales sold-out with fans flocking to witness the heavyweight tussle supported by a bumper bill.

Whyte is on the cusp of world title action after destroying Lucas Browne with a devastating sixth round KO in London in March to defend the WBC Silver title and the number one ranking he’d landed by beating Robert Helenius in Cardiff in October.

Parker is back in the UK after fighting in the Welsh capital in an historic unification battle with Anthony Joshua in March, with Whyte’s old foe handing a first career defeat to the New Zealand star on points. Parker is in Britain for a third fight in a row having made his second defence of the WBO title against Hughie Fury in Manchester in September 2017.

Another 50-50 heavyweight battle was added to the card today as former world title challengers Dereck Chisora and Carlos Takam meet in a must-win match up that will keep world title hopes alive for the winner.

Kell Brook clashes with Brandon Cook in a world super-welterweight title eliminator, Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles against Kimberly Connor, Conor Benn and Cedric Peynaud rematch after their fight of the year brawl in 2017 with a title on the line this time and Joshua Buatsi steps up in his first 10 rounder against former British light-heavyweight title challenger Ricky Summers.
Helluva card well worth being ppv as a complete package
Yep, very good card. I'll pay. Sham, send me that money you owe me!
I can't say that the undercard is that good apart from Chisora v Takam.

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