Could we see a rematch between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker this year?
This week it was confirmed that Parker’s next fight, slated for this summer, against Joe Joyce has had to be postponed. And although Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren hopes to get it on again for September the New Zealander could move on.
Parker has left his UK training base and flown back home and is currently in Auckland ticking over while his trainer Andy Lee awaits the birth of his child in July.
David Higgins, who manages the former WBO heavyweight champion, believes a second bout against Whyte makes perfect sense.
“There’s no better time for a rematch, he told Sky Sports.
I already know that Joseph would gladly jump back in with Dillian Whyte. Anytime, anywhere. The real question is – is Dillian Whyte up for it?’ Because we’ve got no time to dither.”
Five weeks ago, Whyte finally got his world title opportunity when he challenged Tyson Fury for the WBC crown. Ultimately the champion proved too good ending the fight by sixth-round knockout.
However, the appeal of ‘The Bodysnatcher’ remains and he will very likely be involved in some big
fights in the future.
Yesterday Whyte found out about Team Parker’s interest in a rematch and had this to say via Instagram.
“I just want the biggest fights at this stage in my career. Let’s go. Put hands on you once and will do it again.”
The pair met in a thrilling spectacle four years ago which saw Whyte prevail on points after three knockdowns between them and an almighty scare for the Brit in the final round.
Parker, who took the fight on short notice, has wanted a rematch ever since and has recently been showing his manager videos of the bout eager to fight Whyte once again.
“We’ve made it clear at all times we’d fight Dillian Whyte then, or now,” said Higgins. “That stands now because Joseph would love to fight Dillian Whyte. That would be a blockbuster pay-per-view.”