Parker: I’ll Knock Out Joshua & Wilder
The theme around boxing’s heavyweight division is unification.
After Anthony Joshua retained his IBF, IBO and WBA titles against Carlos Takam late last month, promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned possible bouts against WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder and WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker. The next week, Wilder, after retaining against Bermane Stiverne, responded by “declaring war” on Joshua.
But Parker refuses to be left out of the situation. In fact, back in late September, Parker-Joshua was determined to be a match-up waiting in the wings as long as Joshua retained against Takam. In an update on negotiations for said bout this week, money is a clear issue between both parties.
For Parker, it’s a matter of gaining respect. He feels he has not been given the same credibility from fans given to Joshua and Wilder, and he feels that Joshua and Wilder don’t respect him as a fellow boxing heavyweight champ.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gotten the respect of being a world champion, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Parker said. “I feel as a world champion I have achieved something incredible in our country and am very happy with what I have achieved. But I don’t think I get the respect.
“Now I have the WBO, I want the WBC. I want the IBF. I want the WBA. AJ [Joshua] is a fighter who is champion of the world. My goal is to unify. My goal is to grab his belts and to say that I am the real champion. I don’t think I would have problems knocking them out.”
If negotiations don’t work out for a match with Joshua, there are other options. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has an idea of Parker defending the WBO title in the United States in March against Bryant Jennings.