Parker Not To Appeal Loss To Whyte
Following what some are calling a controversial decision, Joseph Parker is unlikely to appeal the result of his fight against Dillian Whyte, per Parker’s promoter David Higgins.
The former WBO world heavyweight champion would lose via unanimous decision to Whyte, but Parker’s team believes that Whyte should have been penalized for an alleged headbutt which lead to the first knockdown of Parker in the fight, who would suffer a concussion from the knockdown.
Higgins does not intend to make an official complaint as Parker is looking for a potential rematch against Whyte, or one more fight in the last few months of 2018.
“He’s confirmed to me that he wants to fight professionally for another five years,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“In terms of us appealing, I don’t think we will. I think we’ve grounds to appeal, the WBO rules etc, but we’re going to take the high ground.
“Joseph will probably have a fight to rebuild as such, and then look to come back in the UK I would hope.”
Higgins and his Matchroom counterpart, Eddie Hearn, spoke on some potential options to bring Parker back to the United States or a potential showdown with Whyte.
“Whether Dillian is ready or willing to take a rematch, I don’t know,” Higgins told Sky Sports. “But I think even he will be aware that a concussed Parker nearly came back and got him at the end. He would probably see it as quite a high-risk fight.
“I briefed him [Eddie Hearn] on our plans confidentially. We’re in a good space. He’s been great to deal with and continues to be accessible and great to deal with.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports