Boxing: Tibbs targets White win ahead of world title shot
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 July 2018
Newham trainer Mark Tibbs looks forward to his fighter Dillian Whyte setting up a special night in boxing by beating New Zealand rival Joseph Parker at the 02 Arena on Saturday.
A victory will open the door for Whyte to face world titleholder Anthony Joshua and Tibbs beamed: “What a fantastic prospect – two Brits battling for the world heavyweight crown.
“Dillian has improved so much I think he is ready for a rematch with Joshua and he will prove it by beating Parker on Saturday night.”
Tibbs has followed father Jimmy, rated as one of Britain’s best-ever boxing coaches, into training and the pair will once again be teaming up in the corner as Whyte faces the tough New Zealander in a battle of two men who have only suffered a single defeat – both beaten by world king Joshua.
Whyte shook Joshua more than once before losing their 2015 battle in seven rounds while Parker dropped a 12-round points decision to Joshua in March.
Both are eager for a chance of revenge and they know that they have to win on Saturday to get that chance.
The bookies make Parker a slight favourite, but Tibbs said: “Dillian is a much improved fighter and he will prove it on Saturday by coming through a good winner.”
The Eddie Hearn promotion screened on Sky Box Office also features a clash of heavyweights beaten by one of the main event rivals, as Whyte’s victim Dereck Chisora clashes with Carlos Takam – who was outpointed by Parker.
Show stealer at the O2 could be the return of the 2017 ‘Fight of the Year,’ which saw Conor Benn climb off the canvas twice to controversially outpoint France’s Cedrick Peynau last December.
Also featuring on Saturday’s show are Joshua Buatsi, Katie Taylor, Sam Eggington and Anthony Fowler.