Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker are heading to the ring this Saturday. You may be familiar with these boxers as they have both only lost once in their careers – both to Anthony Joshua.
Boxing this year has been amazing so far, with various bouts being shown across Sky, ITV and Boxnation, as well as BT. We have seen Anthony Joshua continue his winning streak, Tyson Fury make his long awaited comeback and cruiserweights fight for the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
The Whyte vs Parker bout is taking place at the O2 Arena in London.
Parker recently lost to Anthony Joshua at the end of March, but was the first to ever take Joshua the full 12 rounds and go by a points basis.
This fight has an electric atmosphere due to having one of the best undercard lineups in a long time:
Kell Brook v Brandon Cook
Katie Taylor v Kimberly Connor
Dereck Chisora v Carlos Takam
Joshua Buatsi v Ricky Summers
Conor Benn v Cedrick Peynaud
Keep in mind, there may be more undercards on the night, but the above have been confirmed.
Katie Taylor is a fan favorite, as well as Carlos Takam – known for his steel body during his match against Anthony Joshua.
Conor Benn is rising in the ranks. Nigel Benn, former super-middleweight world champion and Conor’s father, believes that his son will be world champion in three years time.
Dillian Whyte is feeling confident about his match against Parker:
“It’s a big challenge, so I’m completely focusing on cutting him down, and hacking him to bits on the night.”
Joseph Parker is looking for a rematch against Joshua, but chances are slim with the next 2 bouts for Joshua already set. Whoever wins this match, could have a shot for the title against Wilder and Joshua.
David Higgins, Parker’s promoter is optimistic that Parker will win:
“Dillian Whyte is in for a rude awakening, and when I say rude awakening, I mean he’s rude and he’ll awaken after he’s been KO’d.”
Whyte knows that Parker is his toughest opponent since Joshua and that there is so much on the line.
Both have such impressive records and on paper, are the perfect match – but the question now is, who will come out on top?
The fight is available to buy from the Sky Box Office for £19.95.
There are many more matches to look forward too, outside of this great fight night on Saturday. George Groves and Callum Smith will be fighting late August/early September for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in the World Boxing Super Series. Groves was injured in his semi final against Eubank Jr, and has been training for the past few months, with fans eagerly awaiting his return.
Tyson Fury has a match in August 18th, on the undercard for Carl Frampton. Anthony Joshua is fighting September 22nd against Alexander Povetkin, in a mandatory challenge to hold his belts.
On potential fights, Amir Khan wants to face Manny Pacquaio. Cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk has also challenged Tony Bellew and talks are underway.
There is no doubt that it will certainly be an exciting year for boxing.
Feature Image: Sky Sports Box Office