Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Eddie Hearn: Joseph Parker-Dillian Whyte Is a Real 50-50 Fight

By Keith Idec

Eddie Hearn obviously wants Dillian Whyte to beat Joseph Parker on Saturday night.

Hearn’s company, Matchroom Boxing, promotes Whyte and Hearn eventually wants to make a rematch between Whyte and Anthony Joshua. Whyte’s promoter admits, though, that he could see the Parker-Whyte fight going either way at a sold-out O2 Arena in London.

New Zealand’s Parker (24-1, 18 KOs) has returned to the United Kingdom for his first fight since Joshua out-pointed him unanimously in their 12-round heavyweight title unification fight March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Parker also lost the WBO title to Joshua.

whyte-parker (11)

Whyte (23-1, 17 KOs) knocked Australia’s Lucas Browne unconscious in the sixth round of his last fight, March 24 at O2 Arena.

Parker and Whyte have lost only to Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), the British superstar who owns the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.

“Joseph Parker is a softly spoken and likeable man,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “But make no mistake that in the ring, he’s all business and has bad intentions for Dillian. This is a real 50-50 contest and I’ve no doubt that the winner will be in world title action very soon.”

The 30-year-old Whyte has won seven consecutive fights since Joshua stopped him in the seventh round of their December 2015 bout at O2 Arena. The 26-year-old Parker is a slight favorite over Whyte entering their 12-round fight (-140/+110).

“This is a hugely important clash for the heavyweight division that has captured the imagination of the public,” Hearn said. “Dillian Whyte’s career is on a ferocious upward curve right now and his popularity is continuing to grow. Dillian’s brutal KO of Australian Lucas Browne at The O2 in March underlined that prowess at the top level, and now another visitor from Down Under is here to try to halt Dillian’s rise to the top.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Oshio on 07-28-2018

It must be very hard to live with fanboys

Comment by Sid-Knee on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=keith_head;18969882]Whyte threw punches after the bell, hoping to get a disqualification because he was getting beat to hell and back. He lands one lucky punch and suddenly he's a decent fighter. No. He went life and death with a guy…

Comment by Boxingfanatic75 on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=Curt Henning;18969231]this will be the last time i address you...ive never used the ignore for ANYONE...congrats you will be the first parker, who just lost to AJ, picked wilder to beat him....and hes fighting on AJs undercard next! if thats…

Comment by keith_head on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18969414]Against Joshua, Whyte fought like he wanted to avoid a pummelling? Did you even watch the fight because that isn't even close to the truth.[/QUOTE] Whyte threw punches after the bell, hoping to get a disqualification because he was getting…

Comment by pollywog on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18969159]Parker knew he was going to run and survive so he had nothing to worry about. Hence the smiling before and after. [/QUOTE] Haha...See previous post!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (31)
Top Headlines Murat Gassiev Dealing With Shoulder Injury, May Have Surgery Paddy Barnes Embaces Underdog Odds in Rosales Title Fight Bellew: Wilder Will Knock Fury Out in Three Rounds or Less! Jeyvier Cintron, Luis Lebron Get Opponents For Sept. 1 Show Hart: Ramirez Doesn't Want to Fight Me; Rematch Won't Happen Chavez Sr: Canelo-Golovkin Has High Possibility of KO Ending Deontay Wilder: The Fury Fight is Real, The Fury Fight is On Photos: Cancio-Zenunaj, Kamegai-Vendetti - ESPN Weigh-In Verdejo: Chemistry With Cotto is Very Good, I'm Eager To Fight Joe Joyce Excited With Al Haymon Deal, Plans U.S. Debut Subriel Matias, Breidis Prescott - Face To Face in Puerto Rico Tyson Fury Reveals Secret Meeting With Bellew, Hearn's Plan Photos: Jesse Hart vs. Gavronski, Shakur Stevenson Final Presser Jon Fernandez vs. O’Shaquie Foster Tops ShoBox Triple, Sept. 21 Photos: Bryant Jennings, Alexander Dimitrenko - Face To Face Canelo: One-Year Layoff Won’t Affect Me At All Against Golovkin Porter Has Serious Doubts That Danny Garcia Will Go Toe To Toe Selina Barrios vs. Patricia Juarez on September 22 in Texas Tyson Fury: Joshua Wouldn't Fight Me For Any Amount Of Money Photos: Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson - Final Press Conference Jackson, Coach Inspired By Alvarez's Knockout of Kovalev Photos: Shawn Porter Putting in Work For Danny Garcia Eddie Gomez Signs With Split-T Management Kubrat Pulev Claims To Be Free, Parts Ways With Team Sauerland Carl Frampton, Luke Jackson Go Face To Face at Final Presser Mladen Miljas Inks Promotional Pact With Greg Cohen Joshua Ordered By WBO To Make Mandatory After Povetkin McCrory Believes Tyson Fury Was Victim of a Press Campaign Warren: Real Answer Is Joshua's Team Doesn't Want Wilder Fight De La Hoya: GGG's Mexican Style A Gimmick; Canelo's Fans Loyal Doheny Upsets Iwasa; Wins Unanimous Decision, IBF Title Haye Backs Tyson Fury: I Hope He Gets Back To Former Glory Luke Jackson Very Confident: Boxing Has Been My Parents! Cummings Insists He Can Reach The Top, No Excuses For Defeat Tyson Fury: I Have To Raise My Game To Win a World Title De La Hoya: Canelo Beat Golovkin 115-113, GGG Can't Adjust! Doheny: Iwasa May Have Reach Advantage, But I Have The Power Rosales vs. Barnes and The Ongoing Flyweight Reset De La Hoya: Hopkins Will Cheer Canelo To Derail Record Attempt Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement