THERE seems to be a big heavyweight event brewing in the UK for July but it’s not yet clear who exactly will be appearing on the card.
Initially, it seemed Dillian Whyte would fight Dominic Breazeale in some sort of bizarre and pointless WBC interim title fight and that certainly would have worked as a headliner. However, the WBC appear hellbent on making their current champion Deontay Wilder fight Breazeale in his next fight, and Whyte, it turns out, sounds keen to spread his wings and fly to America.
These factors don’t mean Whyte should be ruled out of fighting in the UK in July, but it certainly looks less likely than it did a month ago.
If Whyte is indeed bound for the States, this might present his last opponent, Dereck Chisora, with the chance to grab some limelight. It might also offer an in for Joseph Parker, his opponent from last July, to make yet another voyage to the UK.
Together, they seem a match made in heavyweight heaven.
“I’ve been working on some different training, developing power, so if we can catch him with a clean shot, I’ll definitely put him away,” Parker told Sky Sports, sounding as though the Chisora fight, one he turned down for April, was very much in the offing for July.
“Hopefully when I do catch him with an explosive punch, and it lands in the right place, I can put him down. It will be a good night.
“If I knock him out way earlier than he [Whyte] did, it shows there’s a lot of improvement from our side.
“Dillian Whyte and I would be great. I would love to rematch him now. But he’s got his own plans. Once we both take care of business, and he’s willing, we can get it on again.”
Parker’s coach, Kevin Barry, is eager for his man to earn a rematch with Dillian Whyte at some point this year and knows a knockout win against Chisora could be just the ticket.
“Our plan will be to knock him out, there is no doubt about that,” Barry said. “Obviously the first plan is to win the fight, and I think Joseph Parker, at his best, will knock Derek Chisora out. We will be going into that fight to make a statement.
“This is a fight that is must-win, but I think it will bring out the very best in Joseph Parker.
“If we take care of our business, we will be very vocal towards Dillian Whyte.”
It’s one thing being vocal towards Dillian Whyte and it’s another thing tempting him into a fight. With dollar signs in his eyes, and Tyson Fury potentially on the same team, ‘The Body Snatcher’s priorities could soon be about to change.
Not all sons of boxing legends end up making it, but there seems to be something a little special – a little different – about Australian junior-middleweight Tim Tszyu.
The 24-year-old is the son of the wonderful former junior-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu and has so far racked up 12 pro victories without needing to move out of first gear. Blessed with his father’s power, and that same patient, economical style, Tszyu recently halted Britain’s former Commonwealth welterweight champion Denton Vassell inside two rounds and has been matched competitively from the get-go.
Since the Vassell fight, he has fled to Los Angeles, California to connect with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach and aims to add a few more dimensions to his game before he steps up a level. This link-up could also lead to Tszyu making his US bow in the not-too-distant future.
“I just want the big names, the big fights, the big arenas,” Tszyu told the Sydney Morning Herald. “My main goal is the US. There’s not much going on domestically other than the [Michael] Zerafa fight.
“I want to go international, go to the States and test myself on the world level.”
Zerafa was last seen pushing former IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook hard over 12 rounds and is rumoured to be negotiating a fight against Anthony Mundine, the 43-year-old former super-middleweight world champion who can’t make up his mind whether he’s retired or not. If that fight is to happen, Tszyu would be more than happy to then face the winner.
“I want to see the level I’m at,” Tszyu said. “There’s a few names. Zerafa and Mundine are talking to each other, I’m now the mandatory to fight Zerafa. If them two fight, I’d love to fight the winner. They are the big names I’d like to fight.”
Mundine appeared all set for retirement when he was stopped inside a round by countryman Jeff Horn last November. In keeping with the tradition of boxing exits, however, he has since reneged on this retirement and says he is now pursuing not only Zerafa but a rematch with ‘The Hornet’ at some point down the line.
“Zerafa is a good fighter,” Mundine said. “He’s just come back from England and put up a great performance against Kell Brook who’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters out there.
“He went the distance. He didn’t win but he gave a competitive fight. We’re talking to him, so we’ll see what happens.”