By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 25/07/18 8:54pm
Dillian Whyte is predicting a night of pain for Joseph Parker, admitting that the pressure is on ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight collision.
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Whyte battles Parker at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office, looking to move within touching distance of a world title shot and a potential rematch with bitter longstanding rival Anthony Joshua.
‘The Body Snatcher’ believes Parker will be his toughest challenge since his last clash with ‘AJ’ and Whyte is ready to make a titanic statement in the heavyweight division.
“On paper, Parker is my hardest opponent since ‘AJ’,” Whyte said to Sky Sports. “He’s young, a former world champ who is strong, can take a dig and is quick.
“Everyone knows I’m coming for a scrap, but I may have to box my way into it before I start scrapping, he’s experienced. I have two equalising hands, I have skill and learn rapidly on the job.
“If he wants to have it though, we will.
I’m going to knock Joseph Parker out. I predict pain, pure pain.
“There’s probably more pressure on me, I’m the home fighter and closer to a world title.
“Parker doesn’t care, he said to me before that ‘he’s set for life’, I’m far from set for life.
“I’m going to knock Joseph Parker out. I predict pain, pure pain.
Whyte realises the importance of his showdown with Parker, but is refusing to look beyond Saturday’s clash.
“Any fight gets my blood going, whenever I get the chance to fight.
“This is big, it’s two of the best heavyweights in the world, I’m facing another former world champion.
“I’m not thinking beyond this fight, it’s hard and I’m completely focused and not distracted to what might be beyond.”
Parker says he is happy to trade with ‘The Body Snatcher’ and wants to set aside his nice guy image as he goes on his own knockout hunt.
“I’m excited to put on a great performance and hopefully get the win,” the New Zealander said.
“I’m confident, more confident now than in my last fight. I want this really badly and I’m ready to leave it all in the ring.
“Whyte is relentless, confident, comes forward and is improving with each fight. He’s a good body puncher so we’ll just have to see who throws more.
“Before, I thought I want to fight well and get the win. Now, I want to hurt people and knock them out, that’s the difference. A win is nice, but I’m looking for a KO.”
Watch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker with Katie Taylor, Dereck Chisora, Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn and more the undercard, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from The O2, Saturday, July 28.
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