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Joseph Parker Won't Appeal Whyte Loss, Aims For 5 More Years

According to David Higgins, promoter for former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker, there will be no appeal filed over last month's defeat at the hands of Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena in London.

Parker lost a close twelve round unanimous decision to Whyte.

In the second round, Whyte was credited with a knockdown - but several replays clearly showed Parker going down from a bad clash of heads.

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Initially, Parker's handlers were very angry with the referee's mistake - because removing the 10-8 scoring swing in that round could have resulted in a twelve round draw.

Parker, after a lackluster start and suffering a legit knockdown a few rounds later, came very close to knocking Whyte out in the twelfth and final round. Whyte went down and barely survived to the final bell.

"In terms of us appealing, I don't think we will. I think we've grounds to appeal, the WBO rules etc, but we're going to take the high ground," Higgins told Sky Sports.

"Joseph will probably have a fight to rebuild as such, and then look to come back in the UK I would hope."

The loss to Whyte was Parker's second of the year, after dropping a twelve round decision to Anthony Joshua in their WBO, WBA, IBO, IBF unification bout back in March.

Parker is expected to fight again in November of this year. The New Zealand boxer is hoping to eventually secure a rematch with Whyte.

"He's confirmed to me that he wants to fight professionally for another five years," Higgins said.

"Whether Dillian is ready or willing to take a rematch, I don't know, but I think even he will be aware that a concussed Parker nearly came back and got him at the end. He would probably see it as quite a high-risk fight.

"I briefed him [Eddie Hearn] on our plans confidentially. We're in a good space. He's been great to deal with and continues to be accessible and great to deal with. Eddie and I tend to agree that Joseph's stock value in the UK wasn't dented because of the way he valiantly came back and nearly won. Once he's rebuilt a bit, he's still an A-grade boxer in that market. I would expect to see us back there sooner rather later."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;19004390][QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19003650]It was an accidental clash of heads, not a headbutt. You're trying to make out it was intentional when it clearly wasn't. Both were swinging shots and their heads clashed, it happens. Your bitterness is on the level of the…

Comment by joe strong on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;19004381]There is talk of a re match with whyte. Given the controversy of ther first one. It's one of the few fights that makes sense for whyte. Eddie won't let him fight ortiz or pulev. So rematch is one of…

Comment by Jkp on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;19003650]It was an accidental clash of heads, not a headbutt. You're trying to make out it was intentional when it clearly wasn't. Both were swinging shots and their heads clashed, it happens. Your bitterness is on the level of the…

Comment by Jkp on 08-08-2018

[QUOTE=joe strong;19004018]6'4 235-245lbs HW isn't small but I agree he needs a new trainer. Barry has taken him as far as he will go but I truly believe he isn't going to be motivated anymore. Money will do that. I…

Comment by Kiowhatta on 08-08-2018

I agree that Parker's one chance at regaining some capital is to move to Vegas, get a new trainer, Barry has done an excellent job, but he's taken him as far as he can go. I also agree that Parker…

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