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Whyte vs Parker: Joseph Parker says he heard doubt from Dillian Whyte before heavyweight fight

3:55 pm, 26th July 2018

The heavyweights shared the stage at the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s fight at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and Parker tried to gain a psychological edge over Whyte.

Whyte has branded the New Zealander as a coward in comments beforehand, but Parker insists his opponent was just trying to hide his own mental weakness.

“I’m in great shape, there’s no excuses here,” said Parker. “Before I usually come into fights and say hopefully have a good fight, catch him clean, hopefully have a knockout.

“There’s no hopefully here, I’m here to do damage. I’m here to punch with bad intentions. I’m going to break him down. I don’t want to catch him flush. He’s going to take a lot of punches.

“My opponent’s been talking a lot of smack, and I think sometimes smack talk is a sign of doubt, and also it’s a sign of trying to convince himself, and convince others that he’s ready for this challenge.

“I hope he’s ready to take a lot of punches, because I’m going to give them, real bad.”

But ‘The Body Snatcher’ insists he will back up his words by becoming the first man to stop Parker.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know talk and action are two different things,” said Whyte. “Let’s see what he brings.

“I come here to win, I’ve trained hard and given it my all. I couldn’t have done anything more. I’m ready to rock, anybody can get it.

“If he comes to fight like he says, he gets knocked out. I always try to bring the pain and end fights in bad fashion.

“I want to be the first to hurt him. It’ll be pure pain.”

Watch Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker with Katie Taylor, Dereck Chisora, Joshua Buatsi, Conor Benn and more the undercard, live on Sky Sports Box Office, from The O2, Saturday, July 28.

You can book via your Sky remote, via sky.com/boxofficeonline here and even if you aren’t a Sky subscriber you can book and watch it via skysports.com/boxofficelive.