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Parker: Wasn't Aggressive Enough in Loss, Won't Repeat Mistake

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

JOSEPH PARKER regrets not going all out to knock out Anthony Joshua but has vowed to go for broke against Dillian Whyte.

The Kiwi fighter lost his WBO heavyweight title when he was outpointed by Joshua in March.

Parker, 26, felt he should have thrown caution to the wind against the British star when the fight started to get away from him.

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But the New Zealander promised to “damage” Whyte when they meet at the O2 tomorrow in a bid to earn a rematch with Joshua next year.

He said: “I’m here to do damage, I’m here to punch with bad intentions.

“I have learned from that Joshua fight, I was not aggressive enough and I wasn’t mongrel enough.

“I said I wanted to hurt people from now on and I really mean that, we are in the hurt business.

“A win is good but you want to put on a dominant performance.

“I want to take more risks, playing safe all the time makes people think you are a spoiling fighter. As much as I want to box and move and win, I have to go to war.

“I feel an impressive victory, in great fashion, could get that Joshua rematch.

“We have to put on a great show and hopefully the winner will get Joshua if he doesn’t get that big fight with Deontay Wilder.”

Parker pocketed around £6m for the Joshua fight and he could earn close to seven-figures for this weekend’s clash.

But he admitted money is no longer his motivation, with his family’s security in place, as he now aims to cement his legacy in the sport.

Parker added: “Am I a lot richer? Maybe I have better shoes. It is a blessing to be able to look after people in life.

“Money can take away hunger but mine is there more than ever.

“The boxing legends were all two or three-time world champions, I have done it once but I want to do it again and be unified.

“I want to go hard for another five years. Finish at 30 or 31 and do something else, maybe a pilot.

“My family is secure so I am boxing now for passion and love and the glory.”

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

Hahahahaha... Americans are right on their own eyes.... They live in their heads.

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=scarybodyshot;18970335]No idea but I can't wait. They can't handle the truth... The same way Wilder won't be able to handle fighting a competent fighter like AJ who can box, brawl and recover when hurt without needing the referee to give…

Comment by scarybodyshot on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=P4Pdunny;18970317]how long till the Wilder bathwater drinkers get here to defend his honour you reckon?[/QUOTE] No idea but I can't wait. They can't handle the truth... The same way Wilder won't be able to handle fighting a competent fighter like…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 07-27-2018

Parker will need to win most rounds convincingly, if its close I can see it being controversial. I don't think Whyte is half as good as everybody else though so I'm going with Parker.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 07-27-2018

[QUOTE=scarybodyshot;18970254]I predict a draw. I just had a feeling that Parker is going to nick it in the eyes of the fans but it will end in controversy. It doesn't make sense commercially for either one of these fighters to…

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