Boxing: Joseph Parker still determined to face Dillian Whyte in rematch

More than two years have passed since Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker lost to Brit Dillian Whyte in London, but he remains desperate for a rematch.

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.

Both fighters have thrown verbal jabs at each other this year, with Whyte telling Parker to fight "someone credible" instead of "prancing around his kitchen" in music videos - a reference to his popular lockdown videos that went viral. 

Parker replied that Whyte had become "agitated" by his calls for a highly anticipated rematch.

Since those comments, Parker has been focused on a Kiwi superfight against Junior Fa, while last month, Whyte suffered a devastating KO loss to Russian Alexander Povetkin.

Parker has told the Toe 2 Toe podcast he spoke to Whyte after his loss and the Kiwi remains determined for a rematch, claiming he would do more "damage" inside the ring. 

 "He [Whyte] knocked him down twice and I thought, 'This fight's over', but that just shows in a fight, one punch can change everything and that's exactly what happened," Parker says. 

"I was quite surprised, the manner that he lost, and I called him after the fight and I said: 'Hey, you all good?'. He answered the phone, he said he's going to come back stronger.

"We know that he's a driven individual and he's got the rematch clause. I look forward to seeing the rematch and the outcome of that.

"I lost to the better man [Whyte] on the day. I know I can beat him though, so that's why I've been calling for a rematch ever since.

"I would love to share the ring with him again one day, because I know I could do some damage."

Joseph Parker and DIllian Whyte.
Joseph Parker and DIllian Whyte. Photo credit: Getty

Meanwhile, Parker hopes an announcement on a Fa fight will be made by the end of the month.

Both camps have been working towards a December date for a fight, although negotiations have dragged on for some time, with money a clear issue.

Fa and Parker split two wins apiece in amateur ranks, with the former winning the first and fourth encounters, but their professional careers have taken completely different routes, with Parker claiming a WBO world title and Fa's health issues stalling his progress.

Most recently, the camps have waged a debate over what brand of gloves should be worn by each boxer, with Parker's promoter, David Higgins, calling it a "deal breaker".

"Hopefully he signs the contract with his team and gets ready for it, because I'm keen to fight and I'm ready to go," says Parker. 

"Listen, I feel like the approach is different now. In the past, I've been too safe and not taking the risks that I need. 

"From now on, it's going to be a lot more aggression and you've got to throw punches to win. Hopefully it's going to be a lot of combinations and punches in bunches."

Last month, Parker slipped to third on WBO heavyweight rankings, after Brit Daniel Dubois beat Dutchman Ricardo Snijkders.

Dubois sits behind Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk, who is the mandatory challenger to current WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Fa is ranked sixth in the WBO rankings. 

Even though he wants to face Whyte, Parker admits facing Dubious is a more likely option.