Dillian Whyte will face Joseph Parker in a heavyweight clash at the O2 Arena in London on July 28, after declining the opportunity to face Kubrat Pulev in Bulgaria in an eliminator for Anthony Joshua’s IBF world title.
Both fighters have just one defeat on their records, both against world champion Joshua. ‘The Body Snatcher’ was defeated by AJ in a seventh-round stoppage in December 2015, while the fighting pride of New Zealand’s WBO title reign concluded with a points loss to AJ in a unification clash in March.
Whyte, who is hopeful of a near-future title shot at unbeaten WBC champ Deontay Wilder, is promising to do what Joshua couldn’t and knock Parker out.
Whyte recently spoke to IFL TV regarding the upcoming bout and expressed some anger and frustration towards the interviewer (Kugan Cassius) who expressed a surprised demeanour when learning that the fight will be shown on pay-per-view.
“Why are you surprised though? Parker vs Joshua was pay-per-view so why not this fight,” said Whyte - skip to 5:30 in the video below to see.
“It has nothing to do with titles, if Parker fought Fury then you would assume it was pay-per-view, because you are biased towards Tyson…you favour Tyson.”
“You seem to always be trying to run me down, you should be supporting me, supporting the fight.”
“Listen, it’s very important what is said here because a lot of people listen to you and buy into what you say, so you should be supporting me.
“I’ve had the pay-per-view fights, I’ve had the big fights, I made the Joshua fight pay-per-view sand this fight is certainly pay-per-view.”
David Higgins (Joseph Parker’s promoter) then chimed in with his thoughts and provided a much clearer explanation behind the decision to put the fight on pay-per-view: “My view is that pay-per-view fights should be 50/50, in the way the public see it, and this I believe is a 50/50 fight,” said Higgins.
“This fight is two guys with contrasting styles in the ring, Dillian shook AJ up and Parker took him the distance. So for us, we see this as an eliminator in our minds and we think the winner will be in pole position for another crack at Anthony Joshua….with a different referee.”
“It has the three magic ingredients: stars - both fighters are household names now, international warfare - New Zealand vs England and competition – the fans see it as 50/50.”
Eddie Hearn also voiced his support of the fight being pay-per-view: “This is the highest profile fight outside of Joshua vs Wilder, it’s a massive fight,"
Both fighters are eyeing a world title shot but have opted against easing their way into contention, preferring to make a crossroads fight that would leave the loser facing an uphill battle to be back in the mix.