Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte: Joseph Parker makes 'exciting' prediction

  • Tom Ward

Tyson Fury will knockout Dillian Whyte within nine rounds on Saturday night, Joseph Parker has predicted.

Fury and Whyte, 33 and 34 respectively, will battle it out for the ultimate bragging rights in one of the biggest nights in British boxing history when they lock horns at Wembley Stadium on April 23.

Parker knows exactly what it’s like to face Whyte, having previously shared the ring with him back in July 2018.

Whyte proved to be a tough out on that night but Parker expects the Gypsy King to knock his rival out and retain the WBC heavyweight title.

Parker told The Independent: “Fury knock-out between rounds five and nine.

“Maybe Dillian is playing games or he doesn’t want to be involved in the lead-up to the fight?

“He will probably have to show up to the weigh-in but I am not sure what he is doing.

“When I fought Dillian, he showed up to all the commitments and was a tough fighter, a tough opponent.

Boxing – Tyson Fury v Dillian Whyte Press Conference – Wembley Stadium, London, Britain – April 20, 2022 Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte pose on the pitch after the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

“Having said that, I don’t have any advice for Tyson because with his experience and his own time sparring with Dillian, he knows what he is going to bring but then again Dillian hasn’t been out in the media anywhere so we’re not quite sure what to expect or what kind of shape he has been in.

“We don’t know what he has been working on with his team or what his game-plan is, which does make it a lot more interesting and exciting.”

Parker, 30, has spent the last few months training with Fury at his training base in Morecambe.

And while he admits that it would be a huge honour to fight his friend, he insists that chapter is now officially closed.

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Instead, he has set his sights on another British heavyweight in the form of Joe Joyce.

The 30-year-old added: “I have always said in the past it would be great to fight Tyson because I think he is the best of our generation and I would love to test myself, but I don’t think we’ll ever fight each other now.

“We are very close and his family have taken me in and treated me like family while I am away from my family, so Tyson is like another brother.

“I am looking at fighting Joe Joyce, that is the option we have in front of us at the moment and we are working on with his team.

“I think it will most probably be in the UK and I feel like I am a UK fighter now, I’ve been here this long and so many times.”

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