Parker Smiles, Assures That Joshua Will Never Make it To Wilder

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) is smiling at the high volume of articles which discuss a potential year-end showdown between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, is looking to make that fight before the year is out - if both sides can reach a deal on the money.

But first, Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) has to overcome Parker on March 31 at Principality in Cardiff, Wales.


Parker has no idea what Hearn is talking about, because as far as he's concerned Joshua will have to take part in their contracted rematch in the fall.

“I think my plans for the year are I fight Joshua and I beat him and then a rematch so that’s my plans for the year," Parker told The Rock radio station.

Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs), who last Saturday scored a knockout victory over Luis Ortiz at Barclays Center in Brookly, will be ringside for Joshua-Parker.

He plans to call out the winner of the unification.

But there is a rematch clause in place, at least for Joshua. So if Parker manages to pull off the upset win, he will indeed fight Joshua for a second time by year's end - unless Joshua waves the option of an immediate rematch for some reason.

Parker also brushed aside the‘King of Pies’ taunt from chat show host Graham Norton. He vowed to make Norton eat his words at the end of the month.

“Camp is going fantastic.  I feel like I’m in great shape," said Parker.

“When he (Graham Norton) called me the ‘King of Pies’, I’m going to take my shirt off at the weigh-in and honestly, see if I’ve been eating pies or not!

“I feel like I’m punching sharp, I’m moving well, making a lot of angles, movements, fitness is good, so everything is on track."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Graz on 03-09-2018

[QUOTE=pollywog;18556328]Joe is one of the nicest, humblest guys on the scene. There no hint of badbwoy drug dealing in his past (AJ) , family with dodgy connections (Fury), loudmouth bodybag talk (Wilder) or PEDs (Povetkin). Dunno where you get the…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 03-08-2018

*War Parker...!!!*

Comment by pollywog on 03-08-2018

[QUOTE=Graz;18556243]Parker has a distorted image of self importance. AJ will put his lights out.[/QUOTE] Joe is one of the nicest, humblest guys on the scene. There no hint of badbwoy drug dealing in his past (AJ) , family with dodgy…

Comment by Graz on 03-08-2018

Parker has a distorted image of self importance. AJ will put his lights out.

Comment by E10Rifle on 03-08-2018

[QUOTE=pollywog;18556073]Why would Arum gift the top rank WBO belt to Parker against his own guy in Ruiz ?[/QUOTE] By ‘gift’, I meant I thought he was very lucky to get the decision. I had Ruiz by 7-4 with a 10-10…

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