Joseph Parker will face Englishman Dillian Whyte in a heavyweight clash in London next month, a turn of events which could hardly have worked out better for the New Zealander. "I'm bang up for this", said Whyte, who has also lost to Joshua. However, the Whyte fight is a great result for Parker, who was desperate for a high-profile, credible, opponent after his disappointing 12-round defeat to Joshua.
Blood, sweat and jeers had come from Whyte as he called in vain for a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder after a string of victories over rival contenders. One of us ended the fight on our feet, the other didn't.
Whyte's last fight was a brutal sixth round KO of Australian Lucas Browne in London, a week before Parker became the first fighter to go the distance with Joshua though losing a unanimous points decision.
"I'm looking forward to getting back to training and burning off the pies I ate in New Zealand".
Despite maintaining decent fitness levels since his April 1 loss to Anthony Joshua, that time frame would place pressure on Parker, giving him just seven weeks to prepare. That pretty much speaks for itself.
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"Dillian, if Hearn is misleading you somehow, let me tell you personally - I am still waiting for you in Bulgaria to help you get out of the delusion and bring you back to earth!"
Hearn, who is also Joshua's promoter, said that a Whyte-Parker fight was the most intriguing option. We felt really welcomed by the support and I just want to fight anyone and everyone. "I know it took a lot of hard work from my team to get this over the line".
Parker, on the other hand, will see this as his chance of redemption and a simple route back to the top of the heavyweight scene - Jennings would have been an easier payday, a smaller payday mind, with less reward for the former WBO titlist but a win over Whyte unlocks a whole plethora of things not least the coveted ranking positions.
The common link through Joshua is highly marketable, especially given Parker's hard-eatrned profile in the United Kingdom over the a year ago.
There had been heavy speculation that Whyte was going to fight Luiz Ortiz in a title eliminator, before the late change to Parker.