Dillian Whyte labels Joseph Parker a ‘coward’ for performance against Anthony Joshua ahead of O2 bout

DILLIAN WHYTE threw the first verbal punch in his war-of-words with Joseph Parker by calling his upcoming opponent a “coward”.

The 30-year-old Body Snatcher takes on the Kiwi next weekend at the O2 in London.

 Dillian Whyte has landed the first punch already on Joseph Parker ahead of next weekend's fight

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Dillian Whyte has landed the first punch already on Joseph Parker ahead of next weekend's fight
 The Body Snatcher laid into the Kiwi during an appearance on 'The Gloves Are Off' on Sky Sports

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The Body Snatcher laid into the Kiwi during an appearance on 'The Gloves Are Off' on Sky Sports

And the pair gave a preview of what is in store by pulling no punches as they went head-to-head on the Sky Sports’ “Gloves Are Off” last night.

Whyte criticised 26-year-old Parker’s efforts in his last fight against Anthony Joshua, in which AJ claimed a unanimous points victory.

British heavyweight Whyte blasted the Kiwi’s performance, saying: “It was cowardly.

“Six or seven rounds into a fight, if you're in the home fighter's country against a world champion and a golden boy, you know you're behind on the scorecards, there comes a time when you've got to go after it.

 Joseph Parker was blasted by his opponent for his performance against Anthony Joshua in March

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Joseph Parker was blasted by his opponent for his performance against Anthony Joshua in March
 The Kiwi mounted little offence as he lost a unanimous decision against AJ

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The Kiwi mounted little offence as he lost a unanimous decision against AJ

“I feel that he was too much of a coward to make that decision. He had waited for that opportunity for his whole life.”

Surprisingly, Parker agreed with his foe but insisted it will be completely different in the capital on July 28.

He admitted: “I was too cautious. I didn't throw enough punches and didn't put him under enough pressure. But I gained experience.

“In this fight [against Whyte], I can put on a display. He can question it all he likes but, come fight night, he will see the courage that's in me.”

Whyte has been defeated by Joshua himself back in 2015, a fight in which he suffered a shoulder injury in the second round.

He battled bravely until he was floored in the seventh, but was adamant quitting never once crossed his mind.

Whyte said: “When I fought Joshua my shoulder went in the second round.

“My coach wanted to pull me out. I knew I still had enough power to land a one-hitter-quitter but unfortunately I got stopped. I could have done what everybody does and produced medical records after.

 Whyte suffered defeat himself to Joshua back in 2016

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Whyte suffered defeat himself to Joshua back in 2016
 Whyte and Parker will get it on at The O2 in London next week

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Whyte and Parker will get it on at The O2 in London next week

“That's why I think he was a coward – he didn't get hurt at any point in the fight. He didn't get stung but he didn't make the decision to go after him. Now he regrets it. To me, that's a coward's mind-set.”

But Parker retaliated and warned: “I can move, I can box, I can fight, I can go to war.

“I have better speed, I have better movement.”

However, Whyte interrupted to have the last word, saying: “Timing and precision beat speed, I don't need to be as fast.”

Dillian Whyte picks up Sky Sports boxing presenter Anna Woolhouse as they meet for an interview

DILLIAN WHYTE threw the first verbal punch in his war-of-words with Joseph Parker by calling his upcoming opponent a “coward”.