Joseph Parker has hit out at his critics who believe that he left it too late to pile the pressure on Dillian Whyte during their heavyweight bout last month, according to a report on the Boxing Scene.
Parker boasted an undefeated record prior to 2018 but the New Zealand international has already lost two fights this year, first to Anthony Joshua and now Whyte.
He has been criticised for being too cautious for the first ten rounds of the fight, allowing Whyte to dominate the fight and ultimately seal the victory.
Even though Parker knocked down Whyte in the last round, it was not enough to sway the points in his favour and it raises the question as to why he didn’t fight like that from the first bell.
When reacting to criticism, Parker said:
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I will be fighting at the end of the year because I want to fight again and just because I lost a fight it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world.
These are all learning experiences and it will make me a better fighter and I want to fight soon. We haven’t found a fighter yet, but like I said many times, I don’t care who we fight but we want to fight anyone just as long as someone is available and keen to fight us, we will fight anyone.
We are trying to work our way to the top again to be hopefully two-time world champion and hopefully champion of the world. So I have another four years to go hard before I hang up the gloves and retire.
Parked had eyes on a rematch with Joshua but after losing to Whyte, he must work his way back up to being the top contender for the world titles.