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Parker: I'm Here To Do Damage, Break Dillian Whyte Down

Former world champion Joseph Parker says he is in "great shape" ahead of his weekend heavyweight bout against Dillian Whyte in London.

The New Zealander takes on Britain's Whyte at the O2 Arena on Saturday, with both men knowing a win will move them closer to a world title fight.

"I'm in great shape. There are no excuses here," Parker said at Thursday's pre-fight press conference.

"I'm here to do damage," he added. "I'm here to punch. I'm going to break him down."

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Parker lost on points in his world heavyweight title unification fight with Britain's Anthony Joshua in Cardiff in March.

"My opponent has been talking a lot of smack. Sometimes I think smack talk is a sign of doubt and a sign of trying to convince himself and others that he's ready for the challenge," he said.

"I hope he's ready to take all the punches as I'm going to give it real bad."

Whyte, who lost to Joshua in 2015, did not shy away from Parker's taunts.

He said: "I've trained with a lot of lighter guys, fast guys, strong guys. Wherever he wants it, I'll be there. I have come here to win. I've trained hard."

IN OTHER NEWS: This Saturday, 2016 U.S. Olympian and undefeated bantamweight Antonio Vargas is in action this Saturday night when he takes on Aaron Echeveste Lopez (5-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout at The Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

The 21 year-old Vargas has a record of 6-0 with three knockouts, and is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Luis Fernando Saavedra on February 23rd in Kissimmee.

Vargas of Kissimmee by way of Houston, has a win over undefeated Jonathan Garza (6-0) on his resume.

The Vargas - Lopez fight will be streamed live on ESPN+ beginning at 6:30 PM ET.

"I trained hard for this fight, and I feel strong physically and mentally. This is one of the biggest fight cards that I have fought on.  I look to be on many more this year.  I'm excited for this fight and look to put on a great performance," said Vargas.

"Coming out of the Olympics, I felt Antonio was one of the best talent's coming out of the 2016 class.  He has tremendous power and speed that will dazzle the boxing world, and we look forward to seeing that on display on Saturday night," said David McWater, CEO of Split-T Management.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hatesrats on 07-27-2018

Parker needs to body this dude... or hang them up.

Comment by j0zef on 07-27-2018

Yeah, like he was going to test Joshua's chin right? Then he showed up and put up a big dud. He also has a long history of boring fights that end in an indecisive decision.

Comment by eco1 on 07-27-2018

I am not a Wilder fan and actually like Whyte, but I think as a fighter he is not so good. So anyone can win this fight and as I said, Dylan stinks a bit.

Comment by Oshio on 07-27-2018

All the Wilder fanboys want Whyte to lose in order to justify Wilder's views about him. The good thing is Whyte will beat Parker by KO and prove to the world that Wilder is ducking him

Comment by Sktherealdeal on 07-27-2018

I pray God never answers any of your asses prayers ever again for undermining Whyte''s achievements and beING Windmill''s closet dogs. It's a knockout for Whyte. He knocks Parker from his bqckward Maserati.

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