Whyte vs Parker: David Haye urges Dillian Whyte to lose bad-boy image to land Anthony Joshua rematch

DAVID HAYE believes ­Dillian Whyte will land his dream re-match with Anthony Joshua — if he ditches his bad-boy image.

The Bodysnatcher faces Kiwi tough-guy Joseph Parker on Saturday at London’s O2 Arena.

 Dillian Whyte must lose his bad-boy image, according to David Haye

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Dillian Whyte must lose his bad-boy image, according to David Haye
 The Brixton heavyweight takes on Joseph Parker at the O2 Arena on Saturday

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The Brixton heavyweight takes on Joseph Parker at the O2 Arena on Saturday

The winner will be in line for a meeting with WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight king AJ.

And the Hayemaker reckons Whyte has learned lessons from previous misdemeanours. He said: “The penny has dropped.

“The bad man from Brixton does not sell pay-per-view buys or sell out the O2 Arena.

“He needs to tap into a different market now, he needs to showcase his boxing ability now, rather than his rough-house tactics.

“There is a time for all that and there is a time for being a professional.

“There were times around that Joshua fight when he could have done with being more professional but he has learned that lesson.”

The Brixton bomber, 30, beat AJ in a 2009 amateur bout but lost a thrilling 2015 re-run.

 David Haye has urged Dillian Whyte to change his image and land a rematch with Anthony Joshua

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David Haye has urged Dillian Whyte to change his image and land a rematch with Anthony Joshua
 Dillian Whyte takes part in a public workout at Westfield in Stratford

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Dillian Whyte takes part in a public workout at Westfield in Stratford
 Former world champion Joseph Parker hopes to beat Dillian Whyte and earn a rematch with Anthony Joshua

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Former world champion Joseph Parker hopes to beat Dillian Whyte and earn a rematch with Anthony Joshua

Whyte’s heart and power were clear to see but his fitness let him down.

Since that pro loss the Jamaica-born battler has taken his training more scientifically, with regular trips to Loughborough University.

Recently-retired Haye, 37, added: “If they step in the ring again you will see a much-improved Dillian Whyte and his chances of winning will have been greatly enhanced.

“I feel he is a far superior fighter now than he was going into that Anthony Joshua fight.”

Watford hero Joshua meets Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on September 22.

 Joseph Parker wants to regain the world title Anthony Joshua took off him

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Joseph Parker wants to regain the world title Anthony Joshua took off him

Dillian Whyte shows us hard work, pain and discipline as he prepares for Joseph Parker

He has also booked the national stadium for April 13 in the hope of facing WBC king Deontay Wilder.

But Haye added: “You can guarantee that making a fight between Dillian Whyte and AJ will be a lot easier and a lot less political than getting the Wilder fight.

“If Dillian beats Joseph Parker then that solidifies him as a challenger for one of Joshua’s belts.”

Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn added: “This is a real 50-50 contest and I’ve no doubt the winner will be in world title action very soon.”


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DAVID HAYE believes ­Dillian Whyte will land his dream re-match with Anthony Joshua — if he ditches his bad-boy image.