Joseph Parker has a point to prove.
The 26-year-old Samoan-New Zealander is a man without a world title after losing his WBO heavyweight belt, in March, to the divisional number one Anthony Joshua.
The fight, in front of 80,000 people at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, was Parker’s second in the UK, after beating Hughie Fury, and his opportunity to claim the throne that Joshua has sat upon since his memorable win against Wladimir Klitschko.
However, while Joshua vs. Klitschko will be talked about in the years to come, Joshua vs. Parker, sadly, will not.
Parker was never in any real danger of becoming the 21st knockout victim of Joshua’s. The cautiousness of the Brit fended off Parker’s aggression which didn’t quite go to plan. In the end, Joshua ran out a comfortable points winner. It was a night where the event will be remembered more than the fight itself.
Now, for what will be his third consecutive fight in the UK, this time against Dillian Whyte on July 28 at London’s O2 Arena, Parker is ready to become more “mongrel” and show boxing fans what he wishes they could have seen back in March.
Win In Incredible Fashion
Speaking to GiveMeSport ahead of the pay-per-view showdown, Parker said: “I want to get back on the horse and get the win, but I want to make a statement. So, I want to combine those two. Make a statement and get the win in incredible fashion.
“It excites me that I’ll be fighting someone who is going to be a lot more aggressive (than Joshua) and come forward. A fight like that creates opportunities.
“But also, it will change the way I fight as well. If he’s looking at how I fought in the last fight and he’s training for that it’s going to be totally different. When it’s time to brawl, we’ll stand there and brawl. When it’s time to move and box we’ll move and box. It’ll be exciting to see how it unfolds.
“The British fans have seen me twice now, but they haven’t seen the best of me yet. In this fight, I can prove a point where I get a good win, in good fashion, hopefully, knock him out and it shows me, and the team belong at the top. It shows we deserve another shot at the title. There’s a point to prove for our team and I want to make it happen.”