Former WBO heavyweight world champion, Joseph Parker wants to see a unification bout between the winner of Wilder vs. Fury and Anthony Joshua.
“I want to see the winner challenge, Joshua,” said Parker. “The reason I say that is because we’ve been talking about the undisputed champion for a long time. It’s important to give the fans what they want to see; who the best is in the division at this time.”
Parker (26-2 20 KOs) is back on the World title trail. He had to pull out of a proposed clash with Derek Chisora in October after sustaining an illness.
He is preparing to return to action against Shawndell Winters (13-2 12 KOs). Parker is currently in Las Vegas this week before heading to Texas. The fight is at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco on Saturday, February 29th.
It is the co-main event of Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas welterweight showdown.
“I have to side with Fury on Saturday. I like his boxing ability and what he can do in the ring as a big man, moving, jabbing, combinations. I just hope it’s a great fight again.
“It’s whoever executes the plan. They’ve both had time to look at the tape of the first fight, study each other and their own movements. It’s who executes their plan first, or better.”
Parker has grown close to Fury. The two bonded when he defended his old belt against his cousin Hughie in Manchester in September. His message to both men is simple: face the unified champion, Anthony Joshua, next.
“Both of these guys talk a lot of crap, but they are very entertaining. If I tried to talk like that it wouldn’t work, not even close, so I’ll just stick to what I know!
“The first fight was so exciting and controversial, I think. A lot of people thought Fury won the fight on points, other people thought because of the knockdowns Wilder won, so the rematch is going to be very interesting.”