Joseph Parker will face Englishman Dillian Whyte in a heavyweight clash in London next month, a turn of events which could hardly have worked out better for the New Zealander.
Come the announcement this morning at about 09.15 United Kingdom time - unseasonably early - we got the big fight; Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker, CONFIRMED, for July 28th at the O2 Arena.
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"This fight came out of nowhere and I can't quite believe it's happening", said Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn.
"I think regardless of whether Dillian becomes a mandatory or not, he's going to get his shot at Anthony Joshua". It'll be an incredible fight. 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.
"Two guys that will fight anyone agreed a fight within hours and now we have the prospect of a brilliant Heavyweight match up that will play a major part in shaping the division".
Parker, who had been linked to a bout with American Bryant Jennings, said his performance against Joshua proves his worth. "That pretty much speaks for itself", said Parker - the only fighter to so far take Joshua the full distance. We felt really welcomed by the support and I just want to fight anyone and everyone.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Promotions are expected to have an official press conference announcing the fight on Thursday, June 7th. "I know it took a lot of hard work from my team to get this over the line".
The Herald was ringside when Whyte stopped Lucas Browne with a brutal left hook which put the Australian into hospital a week before the Joshua-Parker fight, and Whyte would be happy to trade blows with Parker, something that Joshua wouldn't.
We didn't get the result but I feel it's a great time to come back.
He is also No3 with the WBO and No4 with the IBF.
"He'll be seen as risky and a lot of guys are very mouthy and derogatory towards Parker in putting him down like [Tony] Bellew, or like Dillian Whyte", Higgins told Sky Sports in April. Parker is ranked as high as fifth with the WBO.