Parker: Wilder-Fury Winner Should Face Joshua Next
When it comes to giving the people what they want, Joseph Parker is all for that. The former WBO Heavyweight Champion wants the superfight everyone wants to see: the winner of Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II v. Anthony Joshua.
Several athletes and boxing figures have given their thoughts on who will win the February 22 rematch between Wilder (42-0-1) and Fury (29-0-1). Parker (26-2) put in his two cents on the matter, sticking with overall style.
“I have to side with Fury on Saturday,” Parker stated. I like his boxing ability and what he can do in the ring as a big man, moving, jabbing, combinations. I just hope it’s a great fight again. It’s whoever executes the plan. They’ve both had time to look at the tape of the first fight and study each other and their own movements, so it’s who executes their plan first, or better.”
Parker has bonded with the lineal champion since his own fight with Fury’s brother Hughie. It was previously announced that the the contract of the rematch dictates that a trilogy fight will be made, regardless of the winner. Parker, however, believes that should be thrown out the window entirely. The 28-year-old believes the war should be over after the final bell.
“I want to see the winner challenge Joshua,” said Parker. “The reason I say that is because we’ve been talking about the undisputed champion for a long time. It’s important to give the fans what they want to see, who the best is in the division at this time.”
For the past three+ years, all anyone has been talking about is the future undisputed champion. Wilder, Fury and Joshua (23-1) have always been involved with those plans. To prolong it seems unnecessary, at least according to Parker. While he has faced a Fury, Parker has also fought Joshua back in 2018, losing via unanimous decision. Looking to get back into title contention and potentially become the next opponent for the future undisputed champion, Parker is set to face Shawndell Winters on February 29. That will take place inside the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Even though he is pulling for Fury, Parker believes the fight could be as good, if not better, than the 2018 war the two went through.
“The first fight was so exciting and controversial, I think,” Parker stated. “A lot of people thought Fury won the fight on points, other people thought because of the knockdowns Wilder won, so the rematch is going to be very interesting.”
Wilder and Fury will be facing off inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.