Who should Joseph Parker fight next? I'd go for Englishman Dillian Whyte, a heavyweight who will stand up to Parker and probably get in trouble as a result.

Nicknamed the "Body Snatcher", the 29-year-old Whyte, who was born in Jamaica, is an aggressive, durable fighter with a 21-1 record - his one defeat as a professional coming at the hands of Anthony Joshua. At 1.93m, he is the same height as Parker, but would probably have a slight weight advantage.

Significantly, Whyte hurt Joshua for perhaps the first time in the latter's professional career when they fought in London in late 2015. A big left hook from Whyte stunned Joshua but he couldn't follow it up and was eventually stopped himself by the now WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight world champion.

Whyte, who is ranked in the top 10 in all four of the major boxing organisations (as high as No3 with the WBC), will want to engage where Hughie Fury will not, and that will make Parker look far better than he did in his latest victory.


One of Whyte's recent fights was against Dereck Chisora at the Manchester Arena at the end of last year, an absolute classic due to the fact that the pair so clearly disliked each other and were so evenly matched. The pair went at it from the first bell, neither able to land a knockout blow. Whyte won the fight by split decision, but Parker's ability to throw combinations - he didn't do enough of that against Fury - would put a potentially flat-footed Whyte under enormous pressure.

An all-action opponent would be welcomed by Parker after he was frustrated by the elusive Fury and before that Razvan Cojanu, a former sparring partner of Parker's brought in at late notice in May after Fury pulled out of the Auckland fight with a back injury.

"Parker is rubbish omg he's bad," Whyte tweeted during the fight before asking his promoter Eddie Hearn, who is also Joshua's promoter, to "please make this fight".

Hearn will probably be tempted by the prospect. It's a fight that would sell and potentially build the eventual match-up between Joshua and Parker (should he continue winning) into an even bigger one.

If a fight against Whyte is made - and it will be held in the United Kingdom and probably London and potentially as soon as December - then comparisons between Parker and Joshua will inevitably be made. Joshua scored his knockout win over Whyte with a right uppercut in the seventh round.

Could Parker, who hasn't achieved a knockout victory since he stopped Alexander Dimitrenko in Auckland in October, 2016 (three fights ago), do the same or better it?

There's only one way to find out.