Despite remaining Dillian Whyte’s TOP PPV OPTION, Joseph Parker DECIDES AGAINST rematch appeal

Whyte v Parker 2 07/08/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Joseph Parker addressed the media in his home country for the first time this week, days on from his controversial loss to Dillian Whyte. 

The New Zealander was defeated via a close unanimous decision at the O2 Arena in London after both fighters had touched the canvas during the contest.

Parker almost took an exhausted Whyte out at the very end of the bout, although the bell saved the Londoner from what could have been a late stoppage defeat.

Despite taking the reverse like a gentleman, as always, it later emerged that a wrongly-called knockdown in the second round would have handed the former WBO title holder a draw.

After considering an appeal to the WBO and WBC, Parker is ready to move on with his career instead.

“I felt like I was in a dream,” said Parker after being counted from a headbutt mistake by referee Ian John Lewis and fighting a subsequent ten rounds.

Promoter David Higgins, added: “Under WBO rules there are certainly grounds for an appeal. The vision on the replay shows serious errors were made that changed the course of the fight.

“We are dropping it and moving on to plan our next step.

“But we are pleased we made some noise about it because frankly, it was a disgrace.”

With most of the top names in the heavyweight division tied up, Parker would have potentially been better-served continuing with initial plans to secure a rematch.

As Whyte’s first headline appearance on UK PPV, promoter Eddie Hearn will be looking to keep ‘The Bodysnatcher’ on the paid platform and a rematch with Parker would guarantee it.

Staging a second fight on Sky Sports Box Office wouldn’t even raise questions, whilst it’s hard to pick out too many other names out there who could be justified in facing Whyte on PPV.

There’s no Tony Bellew, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Alexander Povetkin or Tyson Fury available for November or December, leaving only Dereck Chisora, Dominic Breazeale or Luis Ortiz as possible options for Whyte and Hearn to consider.

Chisora II with a top undercard may be passable with the UK audience, although Ortiz has already been turned down by Whyte when a more significant WBC eliminator was on the cards.

Dominic Breazeale, who claimed Whyte’s spot as the mandatory for Deontay Wilder, would be a sound option having already shared a PPV with Joshua in the past.

It could be a costly move though, with Breazeale already guaranteed a shot at the winner of Wilder v Fury if it makes it over the line for 2018.

Hearn would have to dig deep into his pockets in order for Breazeale to put his spot on the line against Whyte, with a WBC title in 2019 on the cards for the winner.

A rematch with Parker would remain the top option for Whyte, especially considering the success of the whole event last month, whilst a PPV against the likes of Manuel Charr or Jarrell Miller may not measure up with the paying public.