Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker go toe-to-toe at The O2 tonight with the winner potentially putting himself in line for a world title shot against Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder.
Whyte (23-1) is full of confidence having most recently posted a stunning knockout win over the previously unbeaten Lucas Browne. Parker (24-1) lost to Joshua last time out but became the first man to go the distance with the heavyweight champion.
Whyte v Parker may be the main event but there is also plenty on the undercard to whet the appetite with Katie Taylor defending her two world title belts and the likes of Conor Benn, Joshua Buatsi, Dereck Chisora and Anthony Fowler in action.
- Nick Webb vs Dave Allen (British heavyweight title eliminator)
- Charlie Duffield vs Reinis Porozovs (4×3 mins light-heavyweight contest)
- Anthony Fowler vs Craig O’Brien (8×3 mins super-welterweight contest)
- Frank Buglioni vs Emmanuel Feuzeu (8×3 mins light-heavyweight contest)
- Conor Benn vs Cedric Peynaud (10×3 mins vacant WBA continental welterweight championship)
- Joshua Buatsi vs Andrejs Pokumeiko (10×3 mins vacant WBA international light-heavyweight championship)
- Dereck Chisora vs Carlos Takam (12×3 mins heavyweight contest)
- Katie Taylor vs Kimberly Connor (10×2 mins WBA & IBF world lightweight championship)
- Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker (12×3 mins heavyweight contest)
What are they saying?
Dillian Whyte suffered his sole defeat to Anthony Joshua, a seventh-round knockout loss in 2015, and Joseph Parker intends to make a statement by being even more ruthless:
“That’s my goal now. What’s AJ, seven right? I’m going to knock him (Whyte) out earlier and I’m going to say, ‘And what AJ? And what?’ I think if I knock him out earlier, it will send a statement.”
Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins wants a rematch with Anthony Joshua… and has a warning for Deontay Wilder:
“The knockout (of Dillian Whyte) would be ideal and it would really put us in pole position to legitimately demand a rematch from Joshua. We want Anthony Joshua next, and we would be demanding the rematch.
“Joseph Parker is only focused on Dillian Whyte, but should he beat Dillian Whyte then he’ll probably be the most prominent heavyweight currently after Joshua-Wilder.
“My message to Deontay Wilder – ‘Pull your head in, stop being greedy, and build the Joshua fight, otherwise the winner of Parker-Whyte goes to require your slot and you’re attending to sit on the shelf for an additional six months, and you may lose the chance all together’.”