Joseph Parker insists training partner Tyson Fury will stop Anthony Joshua in their planned mega fight in December, revealing the Gypsy King has the best engine of any fighter he has ever seen.
Joshua suffered a second straight defeat to Oleksandr Usyk in August but has since renewed his long-standing rivalry with Fury with his 258-man management team, revealing they have “accepted all terms” for the fight to continue.
Former heavyweight champion Parker – who fights Joe Joyce for the WBO interim title on Saturday night – is aware his view comes from a biased point of view given his closeness to Fury, but he is adamant that the WBC Champion will still get the job done.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren announced last week that contracts had been sent to Camp AJ in which the Gypsy King will suffer a 60-40 split while a rematch will be held at 50-50 should Joshua claim the win .
Parker, who is currently training daily with Fury at Morecambe, insists the Brit doesn’t want to get too loud until the fight is officially announced.
“Not really,” Parker told Sportsmail, asking if Fury had said much about the fight talks. “We ask him questions but he just says the teams are working on it and trying to make a difference. I don’t think he wants to say anything unless it’s locked up.
“He wants the fight to happen but my fight with Joe Joyce has been a long time coming so I can only imagine how long it will take for this fight to be completed with everything both teams want.”
The planned fight is set to take place on December 3, with Cardiff’s Principality Stadium – which hosted Joshua’s 2018 win over Parker – being the front runner in hosting the mammoth event.
However, Parker believes Fury will be more successful and admits he didn’t quite understand how good the undefeated heavyweight was until they joined forces.
“Everyone knows what I’m thinking, which is Tyson stopping him,” he said. “I never really understood how Tyson fought until I started training with him and I saw that he would outperform any fighter in any weight class I’ve ever trained with.
“He has the biggest engine of any fighter I’ve ever trained with. He just keeps going and going and going – he doesn’t stop.
“AJ is a big puncher so he always has a chance to bond well with Tyson. I’m obviously biased because we’re close, but even if I say I’ll put my boxing hat on and vote for Tyson, people will just put it down to me being close to him. But I think so; I think he will stop him.”
Parker, who first met Fury in 2017 since appointing Andy Lee as his coach on the Brit’s recommendation and even staying at the Gypsy King’s house ahead of his first win over Derek Chisora in 2021, says Joshua will lose any approach , which he pursues.
“If Joshua comes out firing I think Tyson will get him out early, before round six,” he said. “If Joshua goes on defence, it will be harder to get him out of there but I think Tyson will stop him.
“Like I said, at the work rate Tyson has he will outperform anyone. If you think he’s tired, he’s not tired. When you think it’s done, it’s not done yet. He’ll just keep going.’
After losing twice straight away, there are some who think it’s a huge risk for Joshua to go straight into a historic fight against Fury, who will fall significantly down the heavyweight pecking order with another loss would.
Fury, meanwhile, has not fought since he forcefully stopped Dillian Whyte in April and is now looking to put up a fight before taking on WBA, WBO and IBF champion Usyk for the undisputed championship next year.
However, a Joshua win, despite having to defeat Fury twice, would make him a heavyweight protagonist and Parker insists it’s an opportunity no fighter could turn down.
“If I was in that position and I just lost the title and I’m offered another world title fight again, you as a fighter would want every chance to be world champion again,” he said.
“If he’s willing to put in the work and he’s into himself, he should take it. Who knows when the next chance will come.”