It has been over a week since the confirmation of Dillian Whyte’s next fight against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker which is due to take place on the 28th July at the O2 Arena. The fight came as a shock to many, after it was assumed Dillian’s next bout would either be against Kubrat Pulev or Luis Ortiz as a final eliminator to be mandatory for Joshua and Wilder’s belts. It had seemed that Whyte and his team had chosen to go down the route of fighting Pulev until the fight went to purse bids and was won by a third party named Epic Sports and Entertainment. Epic Sports seemed keen on hosting the fight in Bulgaria – something that Whyte and his team were not interested in. Following this, the day before Whyte was due to announce his next fight, many rumours circulated from global media outlets that Whyte against Luis Ortiz had all but been confirmed, rumours that were proved wrong the following day. As well as this, Parker himself was all but confirmed to fight Bryant Jennings until the Whyte fight became available, so to say that this fight was expected is an understatement!
Much has been said of whether or not this fight should be PPV, but with the release of the undercard by Eddie Hearn yesterday it has made its claim as a solid PPV event. Eddie Hearn himself has stated that without the PPV feature this fight simply could not have been made and that Dillian Whyte has earned this opportunity to secure himself financially. The Brixton born man battled his way through tough opponents such as Dereck Chisora, Robet Helenius and more recently the brutal KO of Lucas Browne and now is in a popular position where a fight like this can be made. Parker vs Whyte is a very difficult fight to judge and, in my opinion, could either end up as a tactical bout or a gruelling slug fest, as fans we hope for the latter! Dillian has improved vastly as a boxer following his single defeat to Anthony Joshua and under the guidance of Mark Tibbs we have seen qualities such as his speed, footwork, and the method he puts his punches together improve greatly. As well as that, he has now proven his knockout power with a devastating left hook that KO’d the Australian born Lucas Browne in his last fight. I think for Dillian it is important bring the fight to Parker and try and fight more on the inside, after watching Parker in previous fights it seems he can struggle fighting on the inside and much prefers to box and move. Parker on the other hand is coming off his first defeat against the unified champion Anthony Joshua, a fight which Parker worked well in but didn’t seem to land as many punches as he’d wished. I believe it is important for him to throw many more punches against Whyte which he will be keen to do following his last display, he also needs to do what he is good at and move around the ring as much as he can, something that Dillian seemed to struggle with when he fought Robert Helenius. Personally, I believe this will be a very exciting bout which easily go the distance due to the great chins which both men acquire.
After the release of the undercard, a fight that has particularly caught the publics attention is the release of Dereck Chisora vs Carlos Takam. Carlos of course has been widely known for his last 3 defeats to Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker and particularly his fight against Anthony Joshua where he gave AJ a much tougher fight than a lot of the public thought he would. Chisora on the on the other hand is in last chance saloon and a defeat here could force him to retire or either continue as a journey man. We have all seen what Dereck can do when he his up for a fight so hopefully he can prove a lot of doubters wrong here and beat Takam. Takam in my opinion is a better version of Dereck Chisora, they have very similar fighting styles but Takam just seems to be the all round better boxer, and despite being the older man of the 2 is also the fresher fighter as he has been in a lot less punishing fight than Chisora. I am very interested to see how this fight goes and also interested to see what is next for the winner of this contest. Takam has been shouting for a rematch against Joshua due to not being happy with the stoppage, personally I don’t see the rematch happening but he could certainly become a good option for a lot of world level fighters if he were to win against Chisora. If Chisora were to win it really could reignite his career, could a win here potentially push a rematch against Dillian Whyte? Or after this could we see Chisora against Joe Joyce possibly? It will be interesting to see what happens following the fight, but I do believe we have a real barn burner of a fight here that could possibly outdo the main event.
Also on the undercard, we have Kell Brook making his return against Brandon Cook, which has been slated by a lot of boxing fans. The Canadian fighter is very much unknown to the British fans but holds a good record of 20-1. Personally, I think it would have been better to fight Cook first and then fight Rabchanka for his second bout as Rabchanka is much better known to boxing fans than Cook. It’s another good fight to keep Kell busy and get a few extra rounds in but I can see why the public aren’t happy. Hopefully this sets up a big fight for his next bout against a world class opponent, possibly an Adrien Broner, one of the Charlo’s, or possibly even a fight against his rival Amir Khan.
Joshua Buatsi has also been put on the undercard against Ricky Summers. Ricky has only lost once in a fight he was much praised for in a points loss against Frank Buglioni. It’s Buatsi’s first real step upasince entering the professional ranks and I think it is a good opportunity to demonstrate his skills against a domestic rival. Buatsi has been calling out Anthony Yarde recently, a fight that has really caught the public’s imagination and I’m hoping that a win here against Summers can really make this fight realistic and build it more.