Joseph Parker insists training partner Tyson Fury will stop Anthony Joshua in their proposed December mega-fight, revealing the Gypsy King has the best engine of any fighter he’s ever seen.
Joshua fell to a second-straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August but has since renewed his long-standing rivalry with Fury, with his management team, 258, revealing they have ‘accepted all terms’ for the fight to go ahead.
Former heavyweight champion Parker, who fights Joe Joyce for the WBO interim title on Saturday night, is aware his view comes from a biased standpoint, being close to Fury, but he is adamant the WBC champion will get the job done regardless.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren last week revealed contracts have been sent to camp AJ, which will see the Gypsy King take a 60-40 split, while a rematch will be at an even 50-50 should Joshua claim victory.
Parker, who is currently training daily with Fury in Morecambe, insists the Briton doesn’t want to be too vocal until the fight is officially announced.
‘Not really,’ Parker told Sportsmail, asked if Fury has shared much about the fight talks. ‘We do ask him questions, but he just says the teams are working on it and trying to make something happen. I don’t think he wants to say anything unless it’s locked in.
‘He wants the fight to happen, but my fight with Joe Joyce took how long to make happen, so I can only imagine how long it will take for that fight to be locked in, with everything both teams want.’
The proposed fight is set to take place on December 3, with Cardiff’s Principality Stadium – which hosted Joshua’s 2018 victory over Parker – the frontrunner to stage the mammoth event.
Parker believes Fury will be more successful, however, admitting he didn’t quite comprehend how good the unbeaten heavyweight is until they joined forces.
‘Everyone knows what I think, which is that Tyson stops him,’ he said. ‘I never really understood how Tyson fought until I started training with him, and I saw that he would out-train any fighter at any weight class that I’ve ever trained with.
‘He has the biggest engine of any fighter I’ve ever trained with. He just keeps going and going and going – he doesn’t stop.
‘AJ’s a big puncher, so he’s always got that chance of connecting well with Tyson. I’m obviously biased because we’re close, but even if I say I’m putting on my boxing hat and pick Tyson, people will just link it back to me being close to him. But I do think that; I think he’ll stop him.’
Parker, who first met Fury in 2017, since appointing Andy Lee as his trainer on the Briton’s recommendation and even staying at the Gypsy King’s house prior to his first win over Derek Chisora in 2021, says Joshua will lose whatever approach he takes.
‘If Joshua comes out firing, I think Tyson gets him out early, before round six,’ he said. ‘If Joshua goes on the defence, it will make it harder to get him out of there, but I do think Tyson will stop him.
‘Like I said, the work-rate Tyson has, he’ll outwork anyone. When you think he’s tired, he’s not tired. When you think he’s done, he’s not done. He’ll just keep going.’
Having lost twice on the bounce, there are some who feel going straight into an historic bout against Fury is a massive risk for Joshua, who would fall significantly down the heavyweight pecking order with another defeat.
Fury, meanwhile, has not fought since emphatically stopping Dillian Whyte in April, now wanting to get a fight in before he takes on WBA, WBO and IBF champion Usyk for the undisputed championship next year.
A Joshua win, though needing to defeat Fury twice, would see him remain a heavyweight protagonist, however, and Parker insists it’s an opportunity no fighter could turn down.
‘If I was in that position, and I’ve just lost the title and I get offered another world title fight again, as a fighter you’d want every chance to be champion of the world again,’ he said.
‘If he’s willing to put in the work and he backs himself then he should take it. Who knows when the next chance would come.’