Whyte: Parker will be desperate, wants to avoid back-to-back losses

Joe Hewlett 11/06/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker will collide on July 28 at the 02 Arena, London, with the contest exclusive to Sky Sports Box Office. 

Both have experienced just one professional loss each, suffering defeat at the hands of WBA, WBO and IBF holder Anthony Joshua.

Whyte was KO’d in the fifth-round against AJ, whilst Parker lost his WBO crown to a points decision at the Principality Stadium.

“There’s going to be blood, pain and a knockout. I’m bang up for this,” Whyte said.

“Parker’s a good fighter but he didn’t show much courage against Joshua – hopefully, he’ll be a bit more adventurous and come to have a fight against me.

“I like challenges and I rise to them, this is a big fight and I’ll be training very hard as always. There’s a massive incentive there to try and stop him,” he added.

Victory over the New Zealander would could see the Brit of challenging for a world title in his next bout.

Whyte, who dismantled Lucas Browne in his previous fight at the 02, is hoping to replicate that success once again against Parker.

However, the ‘Body Snatcher’ understands the significance of the fight for Parker and is wary of the Kiwi’s ability.

“We’re back at The O2, it’s always a great atmosphere inside the arena and I’ll be looking to get a similar result to my last fight there.

“Beating Parker should almost guarantee me a World Title shot but let’s see… He’s going to be very desperate, I’m expecting the best Joseph Parker because he can’t afford to have back to back defeats.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95