Whyte beats Parker, eyes title shot

Joseph Parker has set his sights on a rematch with Anthony Joshua

Both heavyweights traded shots with each other throughout the entire fight, with Parker landing better body shots in the first couple of rounds.

Parker, 26, went down in the second round and once again after a chopping left hand from Whyte in the ninth.

"It was a good fight", Whyte said.

The final scorecards were 113-111, 115-110, 114-111, all in favour of Whyte. Even if that time was to come in April, the undefeated 32-year-old will need an opponent in the interim; mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale seemed the likeliest but Fury insists they have begun negotiations for a fight in December.

Joseph Parker recognises he has taken a significant risk in coming to London to fight Dillian Whyte when he is attempting to recover from his first professional defeat.

'Last time I tried to outbox (Joshua), but this time I'd take the fight to him, lean on his chest, rough him up a bit, and look for the punches that I believe can hurt him.

He has some skills, so a bounce back is not out of the question for him, and it will be interesting to see if he works his way back into the heavyweight conversation.

Takam (35-5-1) lost for the third time in five fights, the previous two to Parker and Anthony Joshua.

Whyte (24-1) has won eight successive fights since losing to Joshua, including former Aussie champion Lucas Browne.

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"I bet you any money I win fight of the year with this fight". There is still another 40 percent to come. I'm getting better, stronger, smarter. "This is just the beginning".

The Briton started to work his way into the bout from the fourth round, even if he swung some wild punches that met fresh air, as Parker exhausted. He took this fight at seven weeks notice and we came to fight. If Joshua wants to fight again he can have it.

A rematch with Whyte, his great rival, had long appeared likely after the extent to which they entertained when Joshua inflicted his only defeat in December 2015, and after Whyte's latest victory it has nearly become inevitable.

Then, as the 10th round started, he appeared to find a second wind, reclaiming the centre of the ring before clearly winning the penultimate round that followed.

'(This was) one of the best nights (of my career), definitely, ' he added.

While Parker has to regroup after two back to back losses, his showing last night against Whyte actually may have raised his stock a little with the heart he put on display.

"This man's got a massive future and a massive career [ahead]", the Jamaican-born Brit told Sky Sports UK. "And they'll realise I can fight as well".

"Joseph is a softly spoken and likeable man - but make no mistake that in the ring, he's all business and has bad intentions for Dillian - this is a real 50-50 contest and I've no doubt that the victor will be in World title action very soon".

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