Boxing Odds: Whyte-Parker Winner to Earn Rematch vs. Anthony Joshua?

Monday, July 23, 2018 12:25 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 23, 2018 12:25 PM UTC

A potential heavyweight title shot could be awaiting the winner of Saturday’s Dillian Whyte-Joseph Parker boxing match in London. It’s nearly a pick’em at Intertops.

<p>This Saturday is a terrific night of boxing around the world. The biggest fight Stateside is Mikey Garcia against Robert Easter Jr. in a WBC/IBF lightweight unification bout from Los Angeles and televised on Showtime. We’ll have a preview of that for you here at SBR.</p><p>The big fight overseas is from London as heavyweight contenders Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker do battle, with Parker a <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">slight -125 favorite at Intertops</a> with Whyte at +100. Whyte is ranked the No. 1 contender in the WBC behind champion Deontay Wilder and ranked second by the WBO behind Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBO, WBA and IBF belts, and Alexander Povetkin. Parker is ranked sixth by both the WBC and WBO. Saturday’s winner should move back into contention for another world title shot.</p><p>The 26-year-old Parker, who is from New Zealand but now lives in Las Vegas, is 24-1 with 18 knockouts. He was a mammoth <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops underdog</a> in his last fight, losing by unanimous decision to Joshua for the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts. It wasn’t a particularly close fight as the judges scored it 119-109, 118-110 and 118-110 in favor of Joshua. There was some criticism of Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone in that one for his failure to let Joshua and Parker fight in close quarters.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;NEXT SATURDAY! 🔥&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@DillianWhyte&lt;/a&gt; 🆚 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@joeboxerparker&lt;/a&gt;, live on &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@SkySports&lt;/a&gt; Box Office 👊&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WhyteParker&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 21, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p>Parker originally won the vacant WBO heavyweight belt in 2016 with a victory over Andy Ruiz Jr., and defended it successfully against Razvan Cojanu and Hughie Fury before running into Joshua. At least he was the first guy to take Joshua the distance. Joshua had won his first 20 bouts by knockout.</p><p>Whyte is a 30-year-old from London so he’ll be on his home turf; he was actually born in Jamaica. “The Body Snatcher” is 23-1 with 17 knockouts. That lone loss was to Joshua in December 2015 in the same O2 Arena in London at which this fight will take place. Joshua won that one by seventh-round TKO, flooring Whyte with a right uppercut. Whyte has won six fights in a row since, last beating Lucas Browne in March by sixth-round knockout. Browne suffered a cut in the first round that worsened as the fight went further. He eventually was knocked out cold but regained consciousness and was able to walk out of the ring.</p><p>Afterward, Whyte called out Wilder: “Deontay Wilder – where you at? Let’s go! Let’s do this! June at the O2! Let’s go! I’m going to lay out all of these guys one by one. If Wilder fights anyone else before me, I’m going to go to America and kick off.”</p><p>Whyte had been linked to a bout with Kubrat Pulev in an eliminator for Joshua's IBF world title, but Whyte ended up declining that opportunity. Joshua isn’t the only common opponent between Parker and Whyte. Both beat Brian Minto (Parker won when Minto threw in towel in Round 7, Whyte won by third-round TKO), Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (Parker by seventh-round TKO and Whyte by second-round KO), and Irineu Beato Costa Jr. (Parker by fourth-round KO, Whyte by Round 1 KO).</p><p>On the undercard is a fight between Ireland’s Katie Taylor and American Kimberly Connor for Taylor's IBF/WBA female lightweight title. Taylor (9-0, four KOs), a gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics, unified both belts with an easy win against Victoria Bustos in April. Taylor is a huge -10000 <a href=";book=Intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops favorite</a> against Connor (13-3-2, five KOs), who hasn’t fought since beating Jasmine Clarkson by unanimous decision in July 2017.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href=";book=in-article-intertops" rel="nofollow">Intertops Sportsbook: Online Since 1996!</a></h2>
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