Former WBO heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker is gearing up for his return to the ring on Feb. 29 in Texas, where he’ll take on American club fighter Shawndell Winters in a tune-up bout, but like everyone, his eyes will on the Wilder-Fury 2 event this coming Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Parker (26-2, 20 KO) has his pick for the fight, saying he’s favoring Fury to get the win many felt he deserved when the two first met in 2018.
“I have to side with Fury on Saturday,” Parker said. “I like his boxing ability and what he can do in the ring as a big man, moving, jabbing, combinations. I just hope it’s a great fight again.
“It’s whoever executes the plan. They’ve both had time to look at the tape of the first fight and study each other and their own movements, so it’s who executes their plan first, or better.”
As for what he thinks should happen after this Saturday, Parker isn’t calling for his own shot at the winner. Instead, he thinks the man who comes out on top should face WBA/IBF/WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua and fully unify the division.
“I want to see the winner challenge Joshua,” he said. “The reason I say that is because we’ve been talking about the undisputed champion for a long time. It’s important to give the fans what they want to see, who the best is in the division at this time.”
We do know that Wilder-Fury is, for the time being, planned as a trilogy, with a third fight in the contracts. That said, it’s a plan, not a guarantee, and the winner against Joshua is obviously what a lot of people would want to see.