Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker: Frank Warren explains why the fight isn't happening

  • Tom Ward
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Joe Joyce‘s promoter Frank Warren doesn’t foresee a fight with Joseph Parker ever happening.

It comes after the latter signed a multi-fight deal with BOXXER and Sky Sports.

Joyce, who fights Christian Hammer on Saturday, has been linked with a fight with Parker for many months, though a deal could not be reached.

Now, Queensberry Promotions CEO Warren has claimed that the New Zealander is the one who is ultimately to blame for the bout having never come to fruition.

In fact, the veteran promoter firmly believes Parker – whom he claims has been brought over to replace Anthony Joshua – has scuppered fight fans’ dreams of seeing them share the ring in the near future.

“You’re flogging a dead horse,” he told a press conference.

“We’re talking about Saturday. 

“Joe Parker’s not happening, end of story. He walked away and signed with Sky. It’s dead.

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Joe Joyce takes on Christian Hammer on Saturday

“He (Joyce) is the number one, not Joe Parker. Who gives a monkey’s? He’s an opponent for us; he comes from New Zealand, with the biggest respect for people coming from overseas.

“He (Joyce) is the British guy; that’s all we’re interested in. He wants the fight, it was there for him to have, and it still is, but it’s not going on any other channel, end of story. Let them get on with it.

“Obviously they signed Joseph Parker to replace Anthony Joshua on Sky, and that’s their choice. We are where we are, and all he needs to focus on is one thing: Saturday night.”

Warren also insisted that Joyce is next in line to fight the winner of Joshua’s rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, and stated he could also fight Tyson Fury if he decides to come out of retirement.

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“Saturday night, at this moment in time, is the most important fight Joe Joyce could possibly have,” he added.

“He can’t afford for anything to go wrong. This his his career, his No 1 spot. He’s been patient coming off the injury, and in August on the 20th, this situation is going to turn into quite an interesting scenario.

“The winner of the fight between AJ and Usyk has to make their mandatory defences, or – if Tyson wants to continue – a unification. 

“Whatever happens, he’s well and truly in the mix, and that’s why he can’t afford to mess up on Saturday.”

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