Barry Talks Parker-Whyte Deal

A few weeks ago, neither man was slated to fight one another, but Dillian Whyte and former world champion Joseph Parker will be squaring off on July 28th at the O2 Arena.

This came as a shock to many, as a purse bid was claimed for Whyte to face Kubrat Pulev in an IBF world title eliminator, and Bob Arum claimed that he was setting Parker up for an August 18th fight against Bryant Jennings.

Kevin Barry, who trains Parker told Boxing Scene that the offer was too good to pass up, especially with the other options set on the table.

“All the rules changed so day by day we liked that fight even less and at the same time Dillian Whyte was positioned very well. #1 with the WBC, #2 by the WBO and #4 by the IBF. His company, Matchroom, had lost the purse bid to fight(Kubrat) Pulev (in an IBF eliminator) and he found himself getting 25% of that purse and having to go off to Bulgaria to fight him so he was starting to like that fight even less,” explained Barry.

“With the great business we did with Matchroom and Adam Smith with Sky leading up to the Parker-Joshua fight, we were able to put together this pay-per-view fight with Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte in 3 days which is an amazing piece of business considering it took us 3 months to put the Joshua fight together.”

Barry also explained that not only was it a better fight for his fighter, they were enticed by the idea of being on Pay Per View.

“Oh God, 10 fold. How many times do you go from fighting in front of 80 thousand people where you are sharing in the revenue and sales of going to 140 countries and you lose your world title and have your first loss and you come back in a pay-per-view fight fighting against a fighter the caliber of Dillian Whyte,” Barry told

“We can regain everything except the world title that we lost in one fight. This is a great piece of business for us,”

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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