Dillian Whyte set for heavyweight clash with Joseph Parker in July

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker

Parker had arguably been pushed into a tighter corner after losing his WBO belt and unbeaten record at the hands of Joshua at the Principality Stadium in March.

Prior to that, the Las Vegas-based Parker was 24-0, with wins over Hughie Fury, Andy Ruiz and Carlos Takam.

The Herald was ringside when Whyte stopped Lucas Browne with a brutal left hook which put the Australian into hospital a week before the Joshua-Parker fight, and Whyte would be happy to trade blows with Parker, something that Joshua wouldn't. Pulev had been due to fight Anthony Joshua in an IBF mandatory back in October before pulling out with injury 12 days before the fight.

Interestingly, the only fighter to beat Whyte is Joshua who earned a seventh round TKO in December 2012 to settle a heated British rivalry.

Based in London, Whyte defeated Joshua in a three-round points decision in the amateurs in 2009.

"There's going to be blood, pain and a knockout", said Whyte.

"He's a good fighter but he didn't show much courage against Joshua".

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"Dillian, if Hearn is misleading you somehow, let me tell you personally - I am still waiting for you in Bulgaria to help you get out of the delusion and bring you back to earth!"

"One would hope that this fight leads to a world title shot".

Uncertainty about the date and venue for the Pulev fight prompted Whyte to reconsider his options and Parker, fresh from a points loss to Joshua, suddenly made ideal sense.

Like I always say, everyone always thinks they can do this and do that, and when they get in there, they realise this dude is way better than what we think he is.

"We've both been in with AJ". "It came out of nowhere - it's not one that we planned". That pretty much speaks for itself. [Last week] I believed I was fighting either [Kubrat] Pulev or [Luis] Ortiz. He's got a big mouth and says some amusing things - and he's also highly entertaining in the ring. There's no doubt about that.

The reality of this situation is that, in choosing to fight Parker, Whyte finds himself in a far stronger position that if he were to have fought Pulev.

"I was expecting from Dillian Whyte and his team to run away from the fight, but I didn't expect from them to be such bullshit artists", Pulev said on his official website http://kubratpulev.com on Friday. "It's a big mistake".

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