Parker looking forward to 'war' with Whyte

Dethroned boxing world champion Joseph Parker will begin his bid to return to the top of the sport, with a fight against English boxer, Dillian Whyte, in London next month.

"I don't want to promise any KO's or stoppages but what I will promise you (is) whatever Parker brings - whether he runs or whether he brings it - he's going to get steadied up", said Whyte's trainer Mark Tibbs. "I'm bang up for this", said Whyte (23-1-0), who, like Parker, has only ever lost to Joshua.

"We're back at The O2, it's always a great atmosphere inside the arena and I'll be looking to get a similar result to my last fight there".

Uncertainty about the date and venue for the Pulev fight prompted Whyte to reconsider his options and Parker, fresh from a points loss to Joshua, suddenly made flawless sense.

"It's the biggest (heavyweight) fight outside the champions".

Despite maintaining decent fitness levels since his April 1 loss to Anthony Joshua, that time frame would place pressure on Parker, giving him just seven weeks to prepare.

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"One would hope that this fight leads to a world title shot". Ortiz rocked Wilder earlier in the fight and looked to have him all but out on his feet though Wilder was able to recover and ultimately retain his title.

We are both young, hungry and want to win. That pretty much speaks for itself. It'll be an incredible fight.

Whyte, no doubt, will be looking to better Joshua's performance by dispatching with his Kiwi opponent in double-quick time and, in doing so, really staking a claim that "hey, look at me now".

Both should be commended for bravery as they fight for their futures, but either Whyte or Parker will be celebrating an ideal career move. "I know it took a lot of hard work from my team to get this over the line".

"We are planning a big night and a huge card at The O2 on July 28 and I really do take my hat off to Dillian and Joseph for taking on this challenge".

His promoter David Higgins had threatened to withdraw Parker from the WBO, WBA and IBF title fight with Joshua over concerns surrounding the officials, and he added: "We would like a rematch one day, perhaps with a different referee".

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