Parker Wants Whyte, May Get Chisora
It would take 10 rounds, but Joseph Parker would continue his winning streak on June 29th, stopping Alex Leapai in the co-main event of Demetrius Andrade’s Providence, Rhode Island homecoming.
“I thought Joe was really sharp, really good,” promoter Eddie Hearn told IFL TV. “I think after about three rounds, he decided the risk wasn’t worth it and coasted through the rest of the fight. He slowed down and took his time.”
While Parker is chomping at the bit for rematches against Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua, or current unified world heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, Hearn is looking at another option.
“We can push on from here and Parker (and) (Dereck) Chisora on the AJ undercard in November makes perfect sense,” Hearn said.
“Loads of fights make sense – Alex Povetkin, Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter… Murat Gassiev is a really good fight for him. Loads of fights, but I really like the Chisora fight, if Dereck gets through his July fight.”
“I got more rounds than I expected,” Parker said after the 10 round TKO. “I haven’t been in the ring for half a year and I felt a little rushed at the beginning, because I wanted to get him out of there.
“Once I started boxing, I was able to pick my shots and he really took some big shots, but he’s a really tough dude. He [Leapai] has a lot of heart and showed a lot of determination just to keep going. I think if I had stepped back and picked my shots, been a little bit more patient in that first round and landed some cleaner shots, I think he would have fallen. But it is what it is and I got some really good rounds under my belt.”
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