September 30, 2022

Simply because it appeared any likelihood of a Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker battle was ruined, it now seems we could have spoken too quickly.

On the evening of Tyson Fury’s retirement, as he knocked out Dillian Whyte in entrance of 94,000 followers at Wembley Stadium, promoter Frank Warren took the chance to announce one other enormous heavyweight conflict between Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker.

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Each Joyce and Parker had been ringside to observe Fury KO Whyte earlier than asserting their battle

At that time the battle had not been finalised, however negotiations had been shifting in the precise course and all events had been assured of coming to an settlement.

Shortly after, nevertheless, got here the weird announcement that Parker had signed a take care of BOXXER, that means his fights could be proven solely on Sky Sports activities, the rival community to BT Sport the place Joyce’s fights are broadcast.

This precipitated the bout to be referred to as off and relations between the 2 camps rapidly turned bitter.

“As you recognize, at Tyson’s final battle, him and Joe [Joyce] bought collectively and we introduced that it was to be carried out.” Warren advised talkSPORT, as he defined his model of occasions.

“We agreed phrases, I shook arms with Joe [Parker] in entrance of Tyson after which we bought the solicitors to work out the contracts, which took an extended whereas however finally they bought them carried out.

“After which I heard the day earlier than it was introduced that he’d signed a take care of Sky, I heard about that. I simply despatched him a textual content, ‘Simply been advised the battle is off, a lot to your handshake.’

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Warren was not happy when he heard the news that Parker had signed with BOXXER and Sky

Frank Warren

Warren was not happy when he heard the news that Parker had signed with BOXXER and Sky

“And then I got a text back saying, ‘Morning Frank, apologies it took a while to get the deal done, but was offered a better deal last minute.’”

Warren went on to add: “Even if he was offered a better deal, having agreed terms – if somebody said to me, ‘We’ve agreed I’m paying you £100,’ then I’d say, ‘Look, somebody’s offered me £110, do you wanna better it?’

“At least do that. None of it at all. He never wanted that fight, he never fancied it and that’s the bottom line.”

This seemed to be the end of it, but Mike Coppinger of ESPN has tweeted that the fight is back on.

Parker’s most recent outings came in the form of back to back wins over Derek Chisora

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Parker’s most recent outings came in the form of back to back wins over Derek Chisora

While Joyce knocked out Christian Hammer just last month

While Joyce knocked out Christian Hammer just last month

“Former titleholder Joseph Parker and Joe Joyce have struck a deal for a heavyweight bout that will land in the U.K., possibly on Sept. 24, sources tell ESPN.” Coppinger said.

“Parker recently signed with Boxxer, which has an exclusive with Sky, but BT Sport Box Office will televise.”

Because it stands Joyce is ranked primary with the WBO, whereas Parker is within the quantity two spot.

It will stand to motive that the winner of this bout would develop into the obligatory challenger for the WBO heavyweight title.

The present holder of that belt is Oleksandr Usyk, who fights Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia on August 20 and the winner might have both Joyce or Parker ready for them.

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