Parker vs Whyte: Trainer Don Charles tips first stoppage loss for Kiwi

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Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker announce their match-up. Photo credit: Reuters.

Respected boxing trainer Don Charles has picked Dillian Whyte to inflict the first early stoppage on Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker when they meet in London later this month.

Charles, 57, is best known as the man behind another British heavyweight contender, Dereck Chisora, who will face Frenchman Carlos Takam on the same card at O2 Arena on July 29 (NZ time).

He also gained infamy when his jaw was broken during a scuffle between Chisora and Brit David Haye in 2012.

Chisora, who carries a 28-8 career record, lost to Whyte on a split decision two years ago.

On the 'Seconds Out' YouTube channel, Charles was torn between Parker and Whyte - but eventually leaned towards the latter.

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Boxing trainer Don Charles. Photo credit: Reuters.

"Dillian Whyte is right on the wave right now, he's on the way up. He's improved over the last few years and gotten stronger - he has his man strength.

"I think he's the puncher of the two and he can box. He's coming off the back of a tremendous win against Lucas Brown and his confidence is up there."

Charles admires Parker too, but not enough to favour him.

"Parker is a very busy fighter and throws lots of punches, lots of combinations. He comes fit and he's a former world champion, so he's been there and knows what it's like to be in big fights.

"It's a matter of who executes their gameplan on the night. I see Dillian Whyte winning this on a late stoppage."


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