Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker succumbed to back-to-back defeats at the hands of British duo Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte last year.
It was a forgettable 2018 for the Kiwi star as he lost against Joshua [losing the WBO title] in March, and endured the same fate four months later to Whyte as well.
Joshua was taken the distance for the first time in his pro career by Parker while the New Zealander hit the floor twice against Whyte.
With both fights ending by decision, Parker has shed light on an interesting fact between his two former rivals.
Speaking in an interview to talkSPORT Fight Night, Parker disclosed who among the two giants in the heavyweight division hits harder, having squared off with the pair previously.
The 27-year-old said: “Well, obviously Dillian dropped me. So of course he hits really hard.
“There was a lot of punches that he threw in the fight that got me stunned, but I just fought back.
“Joshua didn’t land any heavy blows, so I’ll be on Dillian’s side. He was the harder hitter.”
The response might surprise a few as it was AJ who reigned supreme when he faced Whyte back in 2015.
Talks of a potential rematch held the limelight in recent weeks, however, negotiations broke down and as things stand currently, Joshua is set to take on Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York, whereas Whyte is scheduled for an April 20 showdown next, although the opponent is yet to be announced.
Parker, himself, is eyeing a bout on his undercard against Dereck Chisora.
Asked about the state of his weight class at present, Parker was quick to reply: “I think the heavyweight division at the moment is probably the most exciting it’s been for a while.
“With all these different fighters and all these top fighters, there’s so many fights that you can make."
He also asserted that it is up to Joshua to direct proceedings, being the champion, and it is him who should make the final call ahead of agreeing on a fight.
Parker concluded: “I think it’s just exciting for the fans. I know there’s a lot of people that want Joshua to fight this person and that person but ultimately it’s his decision man.
“He’s at the top of the heavyweight division, he makes the calls.”