Heavyweight prospect Joe Joyce’s manager Sam Jones has given WBN his predictions for the two massive top division bouts on the horizon.
Over the next eight days, Dillian Whyte battles Lucas Browne before Anthony Joshua locks horns with Joseph Parker in a huge unification clash.
Running the rule over the pair of UK encounters, Jones had plenty to say.
“I think Whyte wins comfortably on points providing he doesn’t get in an emotionally charged war with Lucas Browne,” Jones told World Boxing News.
“In regards to Joshua v Parker, a lot of people think it’s a walkover job for AJ but I see it completely different.
“I saw Parker last weekend at Joe’s fight and he is in fantastic shape.
“Parker is much leaner and is built for speed, so I think if he can weather the early storm and make Joshua miss, he’ll do well in this fight and has a real chance.
“We’ve seen Joshua in the past get quite tired in the later rounds so that’s what I believe the Parker gameplan is to take him into those later rounds.
“I see this as a genuine 50/50 fight. You have to make Joshua the favourite, but only just and I wouldn’t be shocked at any result,” he added.
Jones is currently overseeing Joyce’s domestic rise to the title picture on the back of a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Joyce has scored two stoppage victories since entering the paid ranks late last year and is hoping to land a big fish for the undercard of mentor David Haye’s rematch with Tony Bellew.
Dereck Chisora has been offered the honor but seems to be stalling on accepting the fight, with Jones having plenty of other irons in the fire – including Commonwealth champion Lenroy Thomas.
Earlier this month, Joyce blasted Donnie Palmer out in the opening seconds of their contest with a crushing one-punch knockout.
Tipped for the top, ‘The Juggernaut’ is aiming for a busy 2018 and could be hovering around the European title scene before too long.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay