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Joseph Parker: Joshua Has Rematch Clause, But I Don't Need One

By Keith Idec

Joseph Parker will be compensated well for his heavyweight title unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

According to multiple reports, New Zealand’s Parker will be paid approximately £7 million, roughly $9.6 million, for traveling to Cardiff, Wales, to battle Joshua on March 31. As the obvious ‘B’ side of this promotion, however, he’ll only get one shot to knock off the British superstar.

England’s Joshua has a rematch clause in the event he loses to Parker, but Parker doesn’t have one. Parker appeared unfazed following a press conference Tuesday by the thought of having to defeat Joshua twice before being able to head in a different direction.

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A Sky Sports reporter asked Parker after the press conference about the possibility of making more money than Joshua for their rematch if he pulls off an upset in 2½ months at Principality Stadium. Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), the IBF/IBO/WBA champion, reportedly could earn about £15 million, which equates to approximately $20.6 million, for fighting Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), the WBO champ.

“There’s a rematch clause for him, so if I do win I don’t need a rematch clause,” Parker told Sky Sports. “I’m putting everything into March 31, so it doesn’t matter taking the short end of the stick. We’re happy with the deal, they’re happy with the deal. So everything’s done now. It’s just time to get it on. I think there’s enough talking, all contracts are signed, so we’re looking forward to it. It’s an exciting time to be a heavyweight.”

The 26-year-old Parker, who has won each of his three WBO heavyweight title bouts by decision, doesn’t think he needs to knock out the 28-year-old Joshua to win their scheduled 12-round fight.

“I’m gonna come here in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” Parker said. “I’m gonna put on a great performance. I’m gonna box the best I’ve ever boxed and if a knockout comes, it comes. But I think if you’re looking for it, you won’t get it. But I know I have the power to knock him out.”

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 SMASHEMBRO on 01-17-2018

Yeah a real winning comment. Bet his mom wish she took it on the back that day!

Comment by Northlander on 01-17-2018

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18411663]Coz ur a fake champ like jeff horn and once youve been blasted out no one will want to see your boring ass again go back down under eat ya pies you monkey lookin s l a g[/QUOTE] I agree…

Comment by Little Mac 91 on 01-16-2018

It should really be the norm for both boxers to have 2 fights rather than 1 for a more conclusive decision on who is the best it shouldn't be something that's bargained or given away as some kind of gift.…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 01-16-2018

[QUOTE=SchoolTheseCats;18411862]Umm did you read the article? Joshua has rematch clause in case he loses, Parker saying he doesn’t have one so if he lose he just has the payday but didn’t need rematch cause he don’t plan on losing[/QUOTE] That…

Comment by Mike Dog on 01-16-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18412022]Never once have I said AJ is a god or unbeatable. He can lose if the right fighter comes along. Parker most certainly isn't that guy though. He will be beaten up.[/QUOTE] Maybe, lets just see.

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