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Joyce vs Parker: Joseph Parker believes Joy Joyce showing weakness with rematch clause

Joseph Parker says Joe Joyce’s team wouldn’t have been adamant about a rematch if they didn’t sense they could lose this fight.

Joseph Parker says he’s never pushed for rematch clauses as he’s always backed himself to win.
Joseph Parker says he’s never pushed for rematch clauses as he’s always backed himself to win.
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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

As former heavyweight titleholder Joseph Parker readies for his next outing against Joe Joyce on September 24 in Manchester, Parker says he’s sensing cracks in the armor of Joyce’s confidence stemming from their fight negotiations. As Parker sees it, Joyce and his team can’t be overly confident about their chances in beating him as they demanded a rematch clause in this fight — and Joyce isn’t even a champion.

“I don’t need a rematch clause, for the Joshua fight I didn’t need a rematch clause because I backed myself and I back myself now. I think it shows a little weakness. Because the first time we negotiated with them they didn’t care about a rematch clause. I didn’t look the best in the first Chisora fight, then after the second one they wanted a rematch clause, it shows weakness and shows there are little doubts that they think they might lose.”

But, alas, Parker says Joyce and his team were unwilling to make this fight happen without the rematch clause in place, thus he knows he’ll have to beat Joyce at least twice before he’s freed up to look at bigger and better opponents.

Even still, Parker isn’t expecting a win over Joyce to come easily as he does think he poses a threat, saying a lot of fighters don’t like the kind of pressure Joyce applies, but that he’s an exception to the rule. Should Parker be able to dominate and score a stoppage over Joyce that would be great, but he’s more looking forward to a precise execution of his game plan.

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