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Whyte vs Parker: The Panel discuss whether Dillian Whyte needs a KO win to set up world title bid
Last Updated: 26/07/18 12:34pm
Dillian Whyte sits on the cusp of a world title shot, but will victory alone be enough for 'The Body Snatcher' or does he need a ruthless highlight-reel knockout to force the issue?
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Promoter Eddie Hearn is all-but-certain that Whyte will compete for world honours "very soon" should he win, but will victory alone force a second fight with his bitter foe or does Whyte need to make a statement and better Joshua's points win over Parker?
Whyte is going to have to fight, boxing on the back-foot isn't an option.
If Whyte does the business, then he's in prime position for a Joshua rematch and you'd have to say he deserves it. It's not a stacked division full of quality fighters so he'd put himself right in the mix.
He has history with 'AJ' and both have grown so much since the first clash, physically and mentally, so it'd be another top fight. A KO would make a statement and it's possible, Whyte is going to have to fight, boxing on the back-foot isn't an option.
Whyte does remind me of Joe Frazier in a way, he just wants to fight so a knockout is certainly possible.
Of course, the main thing for Whyte is to make sure you win. If you consider that Joshua, who sits at the top of the tree, beat Parker on points, then a points victory is more than enough for Dillian.
A bonus would be to stop the New Zealander and it'd make a massive statement that puts him right in the running for an 'AJ' rematch. Whyte does remind me of Joe Frazier in a way, he just wants to fight so a knockout is certainly possible.
Whyte has to force exchanges and get the fight at medium distance, make it a real scrap, but, honestly, I can see it being a tough night's work.
I can't really see Whyte getting a stoppage in this one, he just needs to give his all to get a win and I think it's going to be a difficult night.
Parker, although he boxed cagily, took 'AJ' the distance and he may fight a similar way again. Whyte has to force exchanges and get the fight at medium distance, make it a real scrap, but, honestly, I can see it being a tough night's work.
It'd be great to go out and get a devastating KO, that would be a real statement.
If Whyte wins, then it's a victory over a former world champion whose only loss is to 'AJ' on points. The main thing is to just get the win.
It'd be great to go out and get a devastating KO, that would be a real statement, but the win is what matters here.
A win is enough, because Parker is no mug, he's a proper fighter.
You know what, I do think a win is enough, because Parker is no mug, he's a proper fighter. Therefore, just beating him is a great thing. He's gone the distance with Joshua, his only loss.
I think Parker's movement is very good, whereas Dillian's strengths are his punching power, and his aggression. If I was Dillian, I would try to get these guy into a false sense of security, bring him on, but I wouldn't go chasing him, because he's a good mover.
Watch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker with Katie Taylor, Dereck Chisora, Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn and Nick Webb vs David Allen all on the undercard, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from The O2, Saturday, July 28.