Parker eager for Whyte rematch

26 April 2020 22:44:11 GMTPlus10

Joseph Parker says he would jump at the chance to have a second crack at Dillian Whyte if the Briton wanted to go down that route.

In a fight that saw both men hit the canvas, former WBO heavyweight champion Parker lost to Whyte on points in a gruelling contest at London's 02 Arena in July 2018.

It was the second straight defeat for the New Zealander after losing his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua earlier that year, taking his professional record to 27-2-0.

I'm always here, always keen and I am always ready.

Joseph Parker

Since that bout in the UK, both Parker and Whyte have won their next three fights and there are rumours about a possible rematch later in the year.

However, Whyte is set to face Russia's Alexander Povetkin next on 4th July as both boxers look to edge closer to a world title shot, leaving a second bout against Parker down the pecking order right now.

If the 'Body Snatcher' did suffer just the second defeat of his career this summer, that would increase the chances of facing Parker again, and this is something the latter would relish.

"We had a great first fight, he was the better man on the day but I believe I can beat him," Parker told BBC Sport.

"I know that he wants to be champion of the world but if no-one else wanted to fight him, I'm always here, always keen and I am always ready. So I would love a rematch."

Whyte is 1.25 to defeat Povetkin at the Manchester Arena while the Russian, who has only lost to Wladimir Klitschko and Joshua from his 38 fights, is 3.75 to claim the spoils.

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