Joseph Parker wants Dillian Whyte rematch: 'There's no better time'

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Joseph Parker’s manager is open to setting up a rematch with Dillian Whyte.

Parker had been expected to face Joe Joyce this summer, but due a logistical problem with a trainer, the fight is no longer going ahead in the near future and is, for now, delayed.

Parker is the former WBO world heavyweight champion and in 2018 he defeated Whyte, who most recently fought in April when he lost his WBC title challenge against Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium.

Having fought so recently and with suggestions from some that he should consider stepping back from the sport entirely, it remains to be seen whether a summer bout could be lined up.

David Higgins, Parker's manager, said to Sky Sports: "Joseph Parker is keeping in wonderful shape at home in New Zealand, with his family.

"There are still ongoing discussions about his next fight move. The Joe Joyce fight is still a live discussion, it's not contracted.

"There's talk of it for later September and then there's always options.

"Joseph was showing me videos of the Dillian fight this very morning and Joseph has wanted a rematch ever since.

"We've made it clear at all times we'd fight Dillian Whyte then, or now. That stands now, because Joseph would love to fight Dillian Whyte. That would be a blockbuster pay-per-view.

"It was a war. It was the heavyweight fight of the year.

"It's really up to the Whyte camp I think, to signal if they are willing to have that rematch."

Parker most recently fought in December after beating Derek Chisora for a second time in a year.

"There's no better time for a rematch between Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte," continued Higgins.

"Joseph Parker is an elite heavyweight and he's got unfinished business with Dillian Whyte, so to stop Dillian Whyte on worldwide TV would be a nice step back towards the heavyweight world title, which is every heavyweight's goal.

"I already know that Joseph would gladly jump back in with Dillian Whyte. Anytime, anywhere. The real question is - 'is Dillian Whyte up for it?', because we've got no time to dither.

"There are other options on the table. The Joe Joyce fight would also be a cracker.

"There's no contract, but that Joyce fight is close to being contracted and the date has been discussed.

"Either one, Joe Joyce or Dillian Whyte would be a big blockbuster event."

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