Parker Ready For A Whyte Rematch
Dillian Whyte wants Deontay Wilder, and has been campaigning for one for over a year, but instead he will face Oscar Rivas on July 13th at the O2 Arena.
Former WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker feels the WBC silver heavyweight champion’s pain, and if Wilder will not come to the table, Parker would love a chance to right his 2018 loss to Whyte.
“Listen, if he gave me the call, I’d definitely fight him,” Parker told BoxingScene.com. “I respect what he’s trying to achieve. He’s trying to be the champion of the world and fight for the title. But if he doesn’t get the opportunity and doesn’t have the chance, I’ll be willing to take the fight. If they give me a call and say, ‘You’re fighting [Whyte] next month,’ I’m ready. I’m ready to fight him again and avenge the loss I have to him. I know I can beat him. On the day, you know, he was the better man. But I know, deep down, I can beat him if I have a rematch with him.”
Whyte defeated Parker on all three scorecards (115-110, 114-111, 113-112), and with Parker signing a partnership with Matchroom and DAZN earlier this month, Parker feels he can prove he is in the elite of the heavyweight division.
“I’m excited about the partnership,” Parker said. “I know this is the first fight with DAZN and with Matchroom. I feel that if I can continue to put on the performances that I know I can put on, and look good and look sharp in the ring with the fights that I have coming up, I believe that down the line we can have a rematch with Dillian Whyte and a rematch with Joshua. I think we can put on some big fights with DAZN.”
“I think that’s something that could definitely happen,” Parker said of a Whyte rematch.
“If he doesn’t get a title shot, I’m here and I’m willing to do that rematch. He’s the type of fighter that doesn’t shy away from challenges, so I think it’ll be great to get a rematch. But it just depends on how things match up. Hopefully, we can make it happen.”