Boxing: Joseph Parker claims Dillian Whyte is 'agitated' by his calls for a rematch

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker believes Dillian Whyte has become "agitated" by his calls for a highly anticipated rematch.

Last month, the New Zealander was on the receiving end of a scathing verbal attack by Whyte, who called for Parker to fight "someone credible" instead of "prancing around his kitchen" in music videos - interference to his popular lockdown videos, which have gone viral. 

In July 2018, Whyte became the first man to floor Parker in the professional ranks during a unanimous decision victory - the second straight loss of Parker's career.

Since then, Parker has pushed hard for a return bout, claiming he was stunned by headbutt from Whyte that went unseen by referee Ian John Lewis.

After appearing to be dazed and confused after the headbutt, Parker rallied in the late rounds to drop and nearly stop Whyte in the 12th, but he ran out of time as he slumped to the second loss of his career. 

"Dillian and I have history with the fight that we had and obviously I want a rematch, and I think that's probably the reason why he's getting a bit agitated," Parker told Sky News UK.

"I'm calling him out and saying 'I can beat you'.

"But I see it as quite funny coming from him. I don't know if he can loosen up himself, and if he can dance, and if he has moves. I just don't know. If he sees this, it's a challenge to see if he can loosen up and just relax."

Asked if Whyte would offer him a second fight, the Kiwi said: "I hope so. I'm not sure if he will, but I hope he does, because I think it will be a great fight again.

"I know he's trying to chase his goals and dreams of being champion of the world, but if there's no one there willing to give him that opportunity, if no-one wants to fight him, I'm always here. I'm willing, I'm able and I'm ready."

Since the defeat, Parker has won three in a row,his most recent TKO victory over Shawndell Winters on March 1. 

But Parker might have to wait awhile to face Whyte, as he's due to face Russian Alexander Povetkin behind closed doors when boxing returns.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is hopeful of staging the fight at the end of July or early August.