As far as WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry is concerned, his fighter will be the one that gets the big unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) before unbeaten WBC champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) does.
Barry thinks that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t ready yet to make the Joshua-Wilder fight just yet. Hearn wants to let the fight marinate a little longer, and he’s already told Wilder that he wants him to face Dillian Whyte on February 3rd in London, England so that it can help make the Joshua-Wilder or Joshua-Whyte fight bigger.
“It made me feel that we have a very, very good chance of dethroning this guy,” Barry said to the Fairfax Media. “I thought Joshua was robotic, I thought he was slow at times, I thought his lead patterns were very predictable. And, once again, he showed that he definitely has stamina problems, he was blowing big time,” said Barry about the big 6’5”, 254 pound Joshua.
There is no question in the minds of Boxing News Results that Joshua looked vulnerable, very vulnerable against Takam. Joshua was blowing hard by round 7, looking slow, sluggish and beatable. Takam just didn’t have the size or the power needed for him to take advantage of Joshua’s condition. Takam didn’t fight the right fight. He didn’t put a lot of pressure on Joshua, and force him to fight at a furious pace. That’s how you beat Joshua.
If you look at Joshua’s fights with Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte, he labored when he was put in a position where he needed to throw a lot of punches. We saw the same thing in the 2012 Olympics. Joshua had problems when he fought combination puncher Erislandy Savon of Cuba, who made Joshua throw a lot of punches. Savon had Joshua totally gassed out, and he clearly beat him in the minds of a lot of boxing fans. I had Savon easily winning that fight.
The judging in the Olympics needs vast improvement, because there are too many controversial fights, and far too many fighters being given gold medals that they arguably don’t deserve. Joshua was one of them. Takam didn’t take advantage of Joshua’s conditioning problems by forcing a frantic pace. He fought him in a slow manner, making it easy for him to have enough energy to eventually get a stoppage in the 10th.
“At the moment we are in a very good position,” said Barry about Parker being in a good position to get the Joshua fight in front of Wilder. ”On that performance yesterday, even from what Joshua and Eddie Hearn both said, they don’t want to get in the ring with Deontay Wilder just yet. Out of the two champions, they will definitely target Joe. And we are happy about that. But we won’t be jumping when Eddie Hearns tells us to jump,” said Barry.
It’s clear that Parker, 25, will be the next opponent for Joshua unless Hearn does something odd like putting together a fight between Joshua and Jarrell Miller. I don’t think that’s going to happen, but you never know. Hearn may decide that the Joshua vs. Parker fight needs to marinate as well so it’ll make more money with the PPV on Sky Box Office in the UK. The results of Parker’s last fight against Hughie Fury weren’t impressive last September.
Parker got the win, but he had problems taking out a very mediocre looking Hughie. Hopefully, Hearn doesn’t tell Parker that he needs to fight Dillian Whyte so that he can prove himself. That’s what Hearn is doing with Deontay Wilder. So far, Wilder is laughing at Hearn and telling him to come up with $7 million if he wants him to fight Whyte.
If Wilder doesn’t fight Whyte, then it’s quite possible that Hearn will tell Parker that he needs to take the fight with him. It’s crazy, because it’s the wrong way to make a unification fight. For all intents and purposes, Hearn would be treating Parker and Wilder as challengers to Joshua instead of champions looking to unify the heavyweight division. I don’t think Hearn is going to have any more luck getting Parker to take the fight with Whyte than he has with Wilder. What would be sad news is if Hearn tells Parker that he needs to fight one of his other heavyweights in his growing Matchroom Sport stable like Dave Allen. Parker would have no problems taking an easy fight like that, but it would still be bad if Hearn makes the champions jump through hoops to get the fight with Joshua.
Wilder, 32, is probably going to need to wait until 2019 for a unification fight against Joshua, because it doesn’t look like Hearn wants to put the two of them together yet. The problem is if Wilder doesn’t fight Whyte or whoever else Hearn wants him to, then it could keep the Wilder-Joshua fight from getting made. I don’t know how much more popular Wilder will get from beating Whyte though. The large crowd of 78,000 boxing fans looked less than excited about Whyte in his fight last Saturday night against Robert Helenius at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Whyte did not look like he had a lot of fans in the audience. The cheering for Whyte was not there. Even when Whyte landed some good shots, the boxing fans were quiet. For Wilder to grow more popular, he’s going to need to beat more than just Whyte. That’s a joke. Hearn is seeing things in a simplistic manner. Deontay needs a lot more for him to grow popular enough for the Joshua fight to be huge. Even if Wilder fights all the right guys, I still think it would take him a good solid 3 years before he became the huge star that he needs to be for the Joshua-Wilder fight to be a big one.
Here are the fighters that Wilder needs to beat for him to become a huge star:
• Dillian Whyte
• Alexander Povetkin
• Luis Ortiz
• Bermane Stiverne
• Dominic Breazeale
• Joseph Parker
• Hughie Fury
• Tyson Fury
• David Haye
• Tony Bellew