Joseph Parker: Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is a 50-50 Fight

By Ryan Burton

All eyes will be on the heavyweight division on December 1st when Deontay Wilder (40-0) defends his WBC title against the lineal champion Tyson Fury (27-0). Wilder is about a 2-1 favorite against Fury and most pundits believe that Fury has been too inactive in recent years to have much of a shot at pulling off the upset.

Former WBO champion Joseph Parker (24-2), who faces Alexander Flores (17-1-1) on December 15th, believes the fight will be closer than those odds indicate.

"I feel it is 50-50. I think it will be an exciting fight. You have a boxer and a puncher so it depends on who implements their strategy more. I think it is great for the division and great for boxing. Hopefully we get the opportunity to attend. It is going to be a great night," Parker told


Fury's sparring partner Joe Joyce was recently quoted as saying that Fury is looking sharp and camp. Parker believes that a sparring partner's assessment is usually accurate.

"I think the sparring partners can gauge if a fighter is in good shape or not but also I think that Tyson Fury is one of those guys if his mind is set to something that he wants to achieve he can go out there and do it. But it is going to be hard against a guy like Wilder. Wilder has been a champion for how long, knocking everyone out?" Said Parker.

The better boxer is definitely Fury but Wilder has the type of one punch power that can erase a big deficit on the scorecards.  What remains to be seen is if Fury can avoid Wilder's power.

"He is a boxer and he is going to move but he just can't get caught with that big right hand," Parker stated.

As for what a victory would mean for Wilder, Parker doesn't believe it would put him past Joshua in the heavyweight hierarchy but believes that it will put right in the ballpark.

"I think it will be close. Joshua, Tyson and Wilder are all there at the top. I would like the opportunity to fight any of them," opined Parker.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bonduu on 12-01-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19311593]Parker vs AJ with a fair referee that wouldn't break them every time Parker came close may have made a huge difference in the fight. AJ/UK fans dismiss it, but AJ was clearly hurt once or twice, and the ref…

Comment by Straightener on 12-01-2018

[QUOTE=Califire209;19311573]Tyson will still get his ****ing big mouth shut that's all that matters in this conversation[/QUOTE] True :beerchug:

Comment by Illmatic94 on 12-01-2018

i hate these damn "its a 50-50 fight" predictions. moda****a pick somebody!

Comment by JWHardin on 12-01-2018

[QUOTE=Bonduu;19311414]Parker already had his chance against AJ and lost, he was well compensated. Remains to be seen why Wilder failed to call out Parker or better, send him a contract, Wilder is a classic cherry picker. Am 100% positive after…

Comment by Califire209 on 12-01-2018

[QUOTE=Straightener;19311532]Styles make fights Your talking like fury hasn’t been on a coke bender the last two years[/QUOTE] Tyson will still get his ****ing big mouth shut that's all that matters in this conversation

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