Tony Bellew blasts Joseph Parker’s ‘ridiculous’ demands for Anthony Joshua fight

‘The Bomber’ says Parker’s representatives at Duco Boxing are being unrealistic with their demands of 40% for a unification in which Joshua would be a massive favourite to win.

“Parker is dreaming if he thinks he can take 40 per cent of an Anthony Joshua fight at Wembley. That’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Bellew in his latest Metro column.

“A fight with Joshua is probably five times more than Parker has ever earned. He’s not entitled to that. The best fight on his record is Carlos Takam and that was a narrow victory.

“Joshua won every single round against Takam in Cardiff. Parker’s team are dining out on this WBO title and they should be very, very careful what they wish for.

“There are several heavyweights out there that can beat Parker. I’m one of them. If I was Parker I wouldn’t even think of going to Russia to fight Alexander Povetkin, he would lose that fight. And then he’ll be kicking himself for turning down a record payday fight with Joshua.

“Parker is in a great position and is champion in a time when boxing is booming again. The Deontay Wilder fight, I think, will take some time to make for Joshua. So I think it’s the Parker fight that will be Joshua’s next big test. And if Joshua gets to Parker before me, the New Zealander’s reign will end.

“There’s no way Parker can compete with Joshua. I won’t tell lies, I like the fight with Parker, for myself. Parts of my team feel the same and then others don’t. But, I want to look at it.”

On his chances against the New Zealander, Bellew added: “I believe 100 per cent I would beat Joseph Parker. And I’m not talking about running from him and outboxing him like Hughie Fury did in Manchester. Fury showed that Parker can easily be outboxed and hit clean, but he couldn’t put it all together against Parker. If Parker doesn’t walk forward all night, there’s no fight there. He walks forward and makes a fight of it all night long, but you can’t expect a fighter to walk into your big hits. Unless you’re the likes of Floyd Mayweather…

“Parker was landing on Fury, not much, but enough to win the fight. Fury will be frustrated because if he had thrown more leather, he could have won that fight. Parker is the name out there that everyone wants. Not that he isn’t good at what he does, I’m not underestimating him or trying to trash him,” he stated.

Bellew must first deal with David Haye on December 17, with the winner already being lined up by Duco for a spring battle should the Joshua fight fail to materialize.

Read the full Tony Bellew column for Metro here