New Zealander Joseph Parker will take on Dillian Whyte at London’s on July 28. The fight, aired all over the world, is the Kiwi’s second ever match in the UK after impressing down under in his home country and securing his status as one of the most famous names to box out of the southern hemisphere in recent times.
Parker’s first and last showing in the UK was against now unified world champion, Anthony Joshua – a man who has fought Whyte also, defeating him in December 2015 with a fairly convincing and comfortable victory. Parker, though, arguably fared a lot better against the powerful Brit and managed to hold on for the full 12 rounds, eventually losing to a points decision. It was a fairly comprehensive win on the night for Joshua, , but the Kiwi showed he’s a tough fighter who can take a huge punch on his solid chin.
Fast forward to the fight on July 28 and Whyte against Parker looks to be a fantastic match-up. In fact, Joshua himself has offered his view on how things could unfold, saying: “If you ask who I’m backing, I’m going with Dillian, and I’m going by knockout as well. I feel like Dillian ain’t got nothing to lose. He’s been screaming out world champions, saying he wants to fight here, he wants to fight there, and I feel like he wants to prove himself.”
Joshua added: “He’s going to go in there guns blazing and try and knockout Parker ASAP, secure the win, and get that world title shot.”
Joshua isn’t alone in backing Whyte for the victory, with many experts feeling the decision to take Joseph Parker on could turnout to be a fantastic business call for Whyte as he looks to get that elusive world title shot.
Whyte will be desperate to put on a show in his home city of London and with lethal shots in his arsenal, odds of 5/6 for the win (Bet365) represent excellent value as the dangerous and determined former martial arts specialist looks to get the win he so desperately craves. However, the fact Parker is also 5/6 shows the bookies, like the fans, are somewhat split on who they think will win this one.
Whyte is also priced at 7/2 (Bet365) to knockout Parker, although, with Parker’s chin looking strong, that might be a tall order. The Kiwi always seems to find a way to go get through 12 rounds, so going on precedent you can see why some punters will jump on the 2/7 odds of the fight going the distance (5/2 that it’s stopped early). You can follow the link for the latest for free bets to back any of the markets, especially wise if your backing a longshot such as the 40/1 Whyte wins in the 12th.
Parker, on the other hand, has a point to prove and is on a path to redemption after failing to live up to his billing, despite lasting the full 12 rounds against Anthony Joshua. Priced at 9/2 to get the win by KO, TKO or disqualification (13/8 on judges’ decision), the South Aucklander’s heart could get him over the line here.
In what promises to be an all-action, entertaining match-up in July, Dillian Whyte against Joseph Parker is a fight the world can’t wait to see. The winner could land themselves a world title shot and the loser risks falling into the wilderness, so there’s a huge amount at stake for this one. On top of that, two fighters desperate to impress after their lackluster displays in the past mean this is an unmissable contest.