Dillian Whyte accepts rematch with Joseph Parker after fight call-out

Dillian Whyte has verbally agreed to fight Joseph Parker one month on from his knockout loss to Tyson Fury.

Whyte missed out on the WBC heavyweight title when he was knocked out by Fury in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley on April 23. ‘The Bodysnatcher’ admits he wants the biggest fights possible and has agreed to face Fury’s training partner Parker next.

The pair first met in 2018 when Whyte won by unanimous decision despite being knocked down at the end of the fight and saved by the final bell. Replying to the New Zealander’s recent call out, Whyte wrote: “I just want the [biggest] at this stage in my career let’s go. Put hands on you once and will do it again.”

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Parker’s promoter David Higgins thinks it’s a perfect time for his fighter and Whyte to run it back, telling Sky Sports : “There’s no better time for a rematch between Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte.

“Parker is an elite heavyweight and he’s got unfinished business with Whyte, so to stop Whyte on worldwide TV would be a nice step back towards the heavyweight world title, which is every heavyweight’s goal.

“Joseph was showing me videos of the Dillian fight this very morning and Joseph has wanted a rematch ever since. We’ve made it clear at all times we’d fight Dillian Whyte then, or now. That stands now, because Joseph would love to fight Dillian Whyte. That would be a blockbuster pay-per-view.






Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker fought in 2018


Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker fought in 2018
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“I already know that Joseph would gladly jump back in with Dillian Whyte. Anytime, anywhere. The real question is – ‘is Dillian Whyte up for it?’, because we’ve got no time to dither. It was a war. It was the heavyweight fight of the year. It’s really up to the Whyte camp I think, to signal if they are willing to have that rematch.”

Parker had verbally agreed to fight Joe Joyce in July but the fight has been pushed back until September as Joyce will now face a different opponent in the meantime. Higgins admitted that Parker may still face Joyce next if a deal with Whyte can’t be signed.

“There are other options on the table,” he continued. “The Joe Joyce fight would also be a cracker. There’s no contract, but that Joyce fight is close to being contracted and the date has been discussed. Either one, Joe Joyce or Dillian Whyte would be a big blockbuster event.”

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