Saturday night’s heavyweight bout at the O2 Arena between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker has got fans excited for a night of explosive punches between two very handy heavyweights.
Both men have faced Anthony Joshua, and the winner will be targeting a rematch potentially at some point next year for a shot at redemption.
Parker was able to take AJ the distance for the first time in his career while Whyte put in admirable performance to rock the current champion before eventually being knocked out in the seventh round.
Of course, now all eye are on how they fare against each other, with plenty of ex-pros and current stars finding it hard to choose between them.
Ahead of the box office showdown, Sky Sports’ pundits Tony Bellew and Carl Froch have had their say on the upcoming bout.
Bellew feels that Parker will have to rely on his punching power to gain a victory over Whyte and thinks both are still some way off being able to beat Joshua.
“He’s definitely got a puncher’s chance and I think that’s the only chance he’s got,” Bellew said. “I can’t see him out-working Dillian, but his punching power has definitely been overlooked.”
“When it comes to the AJ fight, he was simply diffused. What was the point of standing there with Joseph Parker, because he can bang, he definitely can.
“I don’t think Dillian has the ring smarts and technical ability that Anthony Joshua does, to be fair. They are two very different fights – and fighters.”
Meanwhile, Froch sees Saturday as a big opportunity for Parker to make a real statement by beating the smaller fighter in Whyte, but believes the Brit won’t be easy to stop now he’s physically fitter and mentally prepared.
“I think he’ll [Parker] come back full of desire and full of confidence and self-belief. Joshua beat Dillian Whyte. He’ll be looking at that, thinking I can do the same, I can stamp my authority now.”
“Whyte is getting fitter now and is taking boxing seriously since he realised he can be a serious threat on the heavyweight scene, so it’s going to be difficult for Parker to stop him. He’s not a massive guy. I’ve stood next to him with Tony Bellew.”