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Parker has unfinished business with Whyte.

Joseph Parker's team comment on rumours of Oleksandr Usyk fight in 2019

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Joseph Parker is next looking to the winner of the Dillian Whyte/Dereck Chisora rematch, while the New Zealander's promoter David Higgins says a bout with Oleksandr Usyk does not make ‘economic sense’.

Parker has been named a potential opponent for Usyk following the Ukrainian’s KO of Tony Bellew in Manchester on Saturday, stopping the Brit in the eighth round.

But undisputed cruiserweight Usyk is now looking to step up to the heavyweight division and is seeking a bout with big-hitter Anthony Joshua to bring this to fruition.

Duco Events boss Higgins has confirmed that Usyk is not in the frame for Parker, whilst the New Zealander awaits the outcome of Whyte vs. Chisora following their rematch at the O2 in December.

Back in July, Whyte beat Parker on points following a dramatic bout in which both fighters saw the canvas in the 12th round.

When asked about a possible rematch with Whyte, Higgins said: “It would definitely be unfinished business.

"Usyk, he’s got more work to do, to build a fan base in the UK. 

"What I mean by that, Joshua has got a gigantic fan base, he’ll fill stadiums, Dillian Whyte has proven that he can fill the O2 Arena.

"Usyk, very impressive and clinical, but I think he’s got to string together more impressive victories and build a fan base before the fight makes economic sense.

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"From our perspective, no question Usyk is elite, but fighting the winner of Whyte-Chisora would make probably more economic sense, but also there is unfinished business.

"I believe Joseph, on his day, would beat Chisora or Whyte.”

Chisora is motivated to win the rematch following his defeat at the hands of Whyte back in 2016, in which Whyte narrowly took a split-decision in one of the best, but most brutal bouts, of the year.

Higgins feels that WBA international champion Chisora would be a good alternative for Parker should he rise to the challenge and beat former kickboxing champion Whyte. 

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“A lot of people are saying that Dillian should win the fight, but you never know,” said Higgins.

“People were saying that Chisora would be cleaned up by Takam, and it was an exciting match-up, and the way it finished, you can never write anyone off. I certainly wouldn’t write off Derek Chisora. 

"Whyte-Chisora could go either way, and if Chisora did come through, then I’m sure our camp would happily look at Chisora.

"Joseph is only worrying about his net fight in December, which is Alexander Flores, a puncher with only one loss and 15 knockouts.

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"It’s a serious fight, but I’m looking at Whyte-Chisora. From our perspective, the winner would make an exciting match-up.” 

British heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora will fight at London’s O2 Arena on December 22, two years after their first 2016 encounter.

Topics:
Oleksandr Usyk
Joseph Parker
Dillian Whyte
Anthony Joshua
Tony Bellew
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