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Joseph Parker wants to 'shock' Tony Bellew after his 'lesser of the other champions' comment..

Joseph Parker promises to ‘shock’ Tony Bellew after jibe on his championship credentials

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Tony Bellew has a lot to shout about at the moment.

Earlier this month, he took on David Haye in a highly anticipated bout which saw the Londoner as the favourite.

There was no love lost between the two bitter rivals, and whilst Haye spent the weeks prior to the fight doing what he does best – trash talking to a good fight - his opponent waited for the ring to show why he was awarded the bout in the first place.

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With this monumental victory, in which Bellew was not expected to win because of his recent status change from cruiserweight to heavyweight, he has since been targeted by other heavyweights who fancy their chances of proving their superiority over the Liverpudlian.

Dillan Whyte has branded Bellew a ‘fake heavyweight’, and told Sky Sports that if Bellew wanted to prove himself as a true heavyweight, then he needs to fight him.

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Bellew wasn’t tempted just yet, opting to analyse his options before accepting any offers

Joseph Parker pipes up after being dismissed

But, now a new challenger arises.

Joseph Parker has put his name in the hat for a fight with giant killer Bellew, after he was labelled as the lesser of the heavyweight champions.

Parker responded defiantly, telling Sky Sports: "I back myself with any fighter you put me in the ring with."

And, where other’s egos would be dented, Parker seems to take it in his stride.

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He feels when he gets in the ring and his opponents think he is a less skilled fighter, he has the element of surprise.

"When people think that I'm the lesser champ, or maybe one of the less skilled, less talented, it's good that they think that of me, because when I get in the ring, I'll surprise them.

"I'll give them the best that I have and they will see that actually I'm a champion for a reason."

Andy Ruiz, his opponent for his WBO heavyweight title match in December 2016, found this out when he was narrowly, and more accurately contentiously, beaten on points by Parker.

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Ruiz was the more aggressive fighter in the match, constantly on the front foot, but some would say the element of surprise that Parker speaks of saw him through to become the champ.

That took his tally to 22-0 career wins.

He’s earned a shot at Bellew and the match up would be an interesting showpiece.

But first, Fury…

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However, before he even thinks about taking on Bellew, he must first contend against Hughie Fury in his WBO championship defence fight.

And it appears he wants an audience in his native New Zealand when he goes face-to-face with Hughie on May 6. He hopes Hughie’s cousin Tyson Fury will be ringside to watch the fight.

He told Sky Sports: "We exchanged messages on Twitter, but it will be good to meet him."

Let’s hope they exchange blows soon too.

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