Whyte: Referee Saved Parker From Knockout Loss To Joshua

Heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte has taken some hard shots at his upcoming opponent, former world champion Joseph Parker.

Parker suffered a twelve round decision loss in his March unification with Anthony Joshua, who walked away with the WBO, WBA, IBF, IBO world titles.

Now Whyte, who was stopped by Joshua in 2015, is facing Parker on July 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office, at the O2 Arena in London.

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After the contest was over in March, Parker and his handlers were very angry with the referee.

They said the referee was preventing Parker from applying his strategy, and also showing favoritism for Joshua.

Whyte disagrees.

He actually felt the referee prevented Parker from suffering a knockout loss at the hands of Joshua.

"Both of them fought completely different," said Whyte to Sky Sports.

"Parker was on the back foot, he's usually a come-forward fighter, and Joshua wasn't able to cut him off and close him down as much as he would have liked to, because they were both happy and content. Parker was happy and content to lose, Joshua was happy and content to pick up the win.

"Their styles didn't really gel. The referee didn't help the situation, but I believe the referee actually helped Joseph Parker out, because had he allowed them to fight on the inside, I reckon Joshua would have won by KO."

A victory over Parker could catapult Whyte to a 2019 rematch with Joshua - which is certainly a stadium contest in the UK.

But Whyte is not looking too far ahead. He's fully focused on the task at hand with Parker.

"Well, a fight with me and Anthony Joshua is always a phone call away," said Whyte. "It can happen next fight, two fights from now, who knows?

"But I've got bigger things to focus on right now and it's Joseph Parker, so I'm focusing on that. After the 29th of July, I'll start screaming from the roof about a fight. But now I've got Joseph Parker to focus on. It's a big challenge, so I'm completely focusing on cutting him down, and hacking him to bits on the night."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pennsauken1 on 07-06-2018

This chump is running his mouth so he can get payday rematch and a bum fight the fighting fans don’t want to see. But this is all in Hearns plans, to milk the cow, hope AJuice fires Eddie the Snake

Comment by Karoriori on 07-06-2018

Whyte didn't say this when asked about the ref before the fight was signed. Parker at least could nullify AJ's big right cross as opposed to Whyte he got put on oxygen

Comment by lion33lit on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=Biolink;18919044]Parker totally neutralized that uppercut any time he did try to use it. What evidence that he would have been able to land that shot? Attrition?[/QUOTE] I think he "neutralized" it by mostly staying away. I remember when Joshua threw…

Comment by lion33lit on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18919207]Parker made AJ look like the tin man. AJ was lurching like rust was on him. At least Ruiz actually chased after Parker in NZ. AJ looked like he was wearing lead shoes trying to catch a chicken.[/QUOTE] I totally…

Comment by lion33lit on 07-06-2018

[QUOTE=RememberTUA?;18919420]Say what you want about how parker fought, but I'm pretty sure his best work would of got done on the inside, the ref nullified any inside fighting, rewatch the fight. Aj on the other hand fought OK, but showed…

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