Parker Craves Redemption: Joe Joyce Rematch on the Saudi Arabian Horizon?

By Robbie Bannatyne - 01/08/2024 - Comments

Joseph Parker says he’d like a rematch with Joe Joyce, saying that after his recent performance in beating 38-year-old Deontay Wilder last December, it would be a different fight against ‘The Juggernaut.’

Well, let’s hope so because Joyce (15-2, 14 KOs) beat the stuffing out of Parker, knocking him around the ring for ten rounds before stopping him in the eleventh round in September 2022.

Unfinished Business

Parker (34-3, 23 KO) feels that he’s a different fighter after his win over Wilder and that he has evolved in his style to where he’ll defeat ‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce this time around.

Unfortunately, Parker looked no different against Wilder than he did in his loss to Joyce. Wilder didn’t even try to fight, throwing almost no punches and circling the ring endlessly like he had no interest in fighting that night.

Interestingly, Parker and his team are taking credit for the victory over Wilder, but there’s not much to say because he didn’t even attempt to fight back. The 38-year-old Wilder looked beyond shot. Too many years of inactivity have left Wilder null & void.

The former WBO heavyweight champion Parker wants to fight in Saudi Arabia on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Francis Ngannou fight, and he was hoping for a big name.

Will Joyce Answer The Call?

“There’s only one way to find out. Let’s make it happen sometime this year,” said Joseph Parker to Boxing News about wanting a rematch with Joe Joyce to try and avenge his knockout loss to him.

“I know that the version of myself that fought Deontay Wilder is a lot different to the version that fought Joe Joyce, so the only way to see both versions of Joe Joyce and myself is to make a fight happen this year.”

“I was trying to get the AJ Fight. It would be nice to have the rematch. Now, he’s locked in to fight Francis Ngannou,” said Parker about Anthony Joshua.

“We initiated and said, ‘Hey, we’re keen to fight if you want to take the rematch,’ but they had other plans,” said Parker.

It’s questionable how serious Parker is in fighting Joe Joyce again because he’s got to know that this guy is all wrong for him. As we saw last time, Joyce was too solidly built, and Parker was too scared to stand still to meet fire with fire.

I mean, Parker was brave against Wilder, but only because he wasn’t throwing punches. Against Joyce, Parker was on the run all night, fighting just like Wilder did against him. It wasn’t even remotely competitive.

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