Parker: I’m Waiting for ‘Yes’ from Whyte
Ahead of his fight with Alex Leapai on the undercard of tonight’s Demetrius Andrade vs. Maciej Sulecki event in Providence, Rhode Island, former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker says he would be interested in a rematch with Dillian Whyte — but it’s Whyte who needs to answer him.
Whyte scored two knockdowns on Parker in the first 10 rounds of their original July 2018 fight. Whyte looked to be edging towards a victory, and while he achieved such, Parker took advantage of fatigue from Whyte and stormed back in the championship rounds. Parker dropped Whyte in the 12th and troubled Whyte with a flurry, nearly getting an amazing comeback stoppage before Whyte was saved by the final bell.
Whyte is currently preparing for a July 20 showdown with Oscar Rivas in the hopes of becoming the mandatory challenger to the WBC Heavyweight Title, a journey over a year in the making for the British fighter. The current WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, however, has upcoming title fights against both Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury.
Parker says he’s available if Whyte has to wait until later in 2020 for a title shot.
“I would take Whyte in a heartbeat. I’m waiting for him to say ‘yes,'” Parker said. “He’s in the position where he’s aiming to be champion of the world, so I respect that and I respect what he’s trying to achieve, but listen, if no-one else is going to fight him, call me up. I’ll fight you two, three, four times.”
Parker and Whyte are both signed to Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, but while Parker and his co-promoter, David Higgins, are interested in making such a fight happen, Higgins feels Whyte will not want to do it.
“Joseph would love to fight Whyte again. Whyte calls out everyone, except for Joseph Parker,” Higgins said. “In fact, since Whyte beat Parker, I haven’t once heard Whyte mention Joseph’s name, which is odd for a guy that calls out everyone, including the taxi driver down the road. What does that tell you? Joseph would fight Whyte tomorrow, but Whyte has shown no sign of wanting a rematch.”
Original Story: Sky Sports