SATURDAY’S showdown between Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker is a brilliant heavyweight fight, as evenly matched as any in the division, but it’s not The Fight. To some, it’s not a fight worthy of a headline slot on a pay-per-view fight card; to others, it’s a meaningless battle between Anthony Joshua victims. But when I say it’s not The Fight, what I mean is this: it’s a high-profile stepping stone for both, particularly the winner, and a semi-final in all but name.
The assumption, of course, is that the winner will pursue a rematch with Joshua at some point in 2019. If this is Whyte, there’s a very good chance of it happening. If, however, it’s Parker, don’t expect that to materialise just yet (he did, after all, only box Joshua three months ago).
But there are other options, too. Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, is one, and Tyson Fury, a former heavyweight champion of the world one fight into his comeback following a year-and-a-half-year hiatus, is also an interesting proposition.