Andrade vs Sulecki: Joseph Parker would instantly accept a rematch with Dillian Whyte
Watch Parker-Leapai and Kal Yafai's WBA title defence on Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki bill, from 2am on Sunday.
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 30/06/19 7:32am
Joseph Parker says he would take a rematch with Dillian Whyte 'in a heartbeat' if the British heavyweight is made to wait longer for a world title fight.
The New Zealander returns to the ring in the early hours of Sunday morning against Alex Leapai on the Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki bill in Providence, live on Sky Sports, and Parker admits he is eager to avenge his points loss to Whyte last summer.
Whyte is preparing for a high-risk clash with Oscar Rivas on July 20, live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the winner set to become the WBC's mandatory challenger, but Parker would happily agree to a return fight, if the Brixton man does not receive a shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder until 2020.
"I would take Whyte in a heartbeat," Parker told Sky Sports. "I'm waiting for him to say yes.
"He's in the position where he's aiming to be champion of the world, so I respect that and I respect what he's trying to achieve, but listen, if no-one else is going to fight him, call me up. I'll fight you two, three, four times."
Parker has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing, who also promote Whyte, and his manager David Higgins also welcomed a return to Britain for a rematch, or a clash with Derek Chisora.
"Joseph would love to fight Whyte again," Higgins told Sky Sports. "Whyte calls out everyone, except for Joseph Parker.
"In fact, since Whyte beat Parker, I haven't once heard Whyte mention Joseph's name, which is odd for a guy that calls out everyone, including the taxi driver down the road. What does that tell you?
"Joseph would fight Whyte tomorrow, but Whyte has shown no sign of wanting a rematch.
"Chisora is always going to be a good fight and as for London, that's fine too.
"The promoter Matchroom will set up the opportunities and Joseph will step-up."
Watch Joseph Parker against Alex Leapai and Kal Yafai's WBA title defence on the Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki bill in Providence, from 2am on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.