Former Anthony Joshua opponent Joseph Parker has predicted a victory for Deontay Wilder should a massive heavyweight unification eventually make it over the line.
Parker, who became the first man to take Joshua the distance in March, reacted to the news his ex-foe decided to face Alexander Povetkin instead of Wilder this year.
“I’m surprised, “After the fight with me he called Wilder out, but it seems to me he keeps changing his tune despite Wilder clearly wanting that fight,” Parker told Sunday Sport.
“He (Deontay Wilder) wants to unify the division. I speak to him often and can really sense that passion he has to be the undisputed champion.
“Joshua wants to unify too but I don’t think he thinks he is ready for Wilder. He wants to take that fight at the right time for him.”
On who would come out on top, Parker believes Wilder has too much for Joshua to handle and would become America’s first undisputed champion since Evander Holyfield in 1990.
Those were the days when only the IBF, WBA and WBC were recognised and Holyfield took the belts from Mike Tyson-conqueror James ‘Buster’ Douglas.
“Personally I think Deontay Wilder takes it. Even though he is wild by name and nature, he is loose, elusive and has power,” said the New Zealander.
“He has scary one-punch knockout power. I’d take him to win, but boxing is a funny game and I could be proven wrong,” he added.
Former world champion Tyson Fury has already predicted a Wilder KO against Joshua, meaning the pair’s two main rivals don’t believe the top division king would remain so after the unification fight.
With Joshua holding four belts after taking Parker’s WBO version in Wales, the Briton has far more to lose than Wilder when they do trade blows.
Promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Robert McCracken have maneuvered their man away from Wilder for the time being, with a lucrative Wembley showdown against Povetkin taking center stage.
A Wilder fight is no longer guaranteed for 2019 though as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is demanding more and holding out for a 50-50 split.