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Parker: I Would Not Have Problems Knocking Wilder, Joshua Out!

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is very confident that he would score knockout victories over both WBC champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) and IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs).

All three champions have been trading words in recent weeks, exchanging jabs at one another in interviews and on social media.

In the opinion of Parker, he is not receiving enough respect from both Wilder and Joshua - and also from the critics.

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Parker, who captured the vacant WBO title last December with a decision win over Andy Ruiz, hopes to claims the remaining titles in 2018.

"I don't think I've ever gotten the respect of being a world champion, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Parker told Cillian O Conchuir. "I feel as a world champion I have achieved something incredible in our country and am very happy with what I have achieved. But I don't think I get the respect.

"Now I have the WBO, I want the WBC. I want the IBF. I want the WBA. AJ (Joshua) is a fighter who is champion of the world. My goal is to unify. My goal is to grab his belts and to say that I am the real champion. I don't think I would have problems knocking them [Joshua or Wilder] out."

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking to Parker's camp about a unification bout early next year, but there have been some roadblocks which have stalled talks.

Parker's camp turned down an offer last week, but his promoter David Higgins has continued talking with Hearn and they appear to be getting somewhere in terms of the huge gap between their financial positions.

"I'm very happy [that negotiations are progressing] and that is one of the reasons that I am being a bit loud on Twitter a little bit more because if we weren't talking on Twitter then they wouldn't be negotiating with us," Parker said.

"Negotiations were at a standstill, but after a few tweets, we are back at it again. It is exciting to be negotiating, exciting to see if we can make it happen. I'm hopeful it can happen in 2018. I have enjoyed what I have done in my career so far, but as a champion, I want to see who the real champion is, who the top [fighter is] and I think someone should unify the belts. It is one of the things we should make happen. I'm pretty keen to make it happen in 2018. That's my goal."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by koolkc107 on 11-19-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;18221692]You're right, they do need each other, but that doesn't suddenly mean that fighters with such limited appeal that they generally make around 2million a fight should be expecting closer to 10million because without Joshua neither of them could expect…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 11-18-2017

What fight did he go to watch Wilder live and then proceeded to never mention his name again? He wants no smoke whatsoever.

Comment by Deus on 11-18-2017

[QUOTE=koolkc107;18221588]Joshua is LAB [B]L[/B]ocal [B]A[/B]zzed [B]B[/B]ox office. And given his current social media problems, that might not be as true anymore either. His numbers on US TV are far worse than Wilder's for example, so no way could he dictate…

Comment by koolkc107 on 11-18-2017

[QUOTE=Deus;18221419]How so when you've got someone in Joshua that literally makes 10 times the amount the other champions make?[/QUOTE] Joshua is LAB [B]L[/B]ocal [B]A[/B]zzed [B]B[/B]ox office. And given his current social media problems, that might not be as true anymore…

Comment by lolasif on 11-18-2017

[QUOTE=Liondw;18220914]Parker's team already turned down a fight with Joshua months ago or last year if not mistaken.[/QUOTE] Parker has turned down offers from both Wilder and Joshua. Smart decision though. Either of them would beat him comfortably.

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