Fury backs Samoan champion Lupesoliai to knock out Joshua

15 November 2017, 12:00AM

Former heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, has backed Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker to knock out Anthony Joshua – if and when they eventually go toe-to-toe.

He is so confident he has indicated he will bet £5,000 on the Samoan champion to knock Joshua.

"If Anthony Joshua fights Joseph Parker I will bet anybody in the world £5000 cash the [that] Parker will ko him?," Fury wrote on Twitter.

Joshua retained his WBA and IBF belts when he overcame Carlos Takam at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last month.

And a showdown with WBC title holder Deontay Wilder has been talked up since, with Eddie Hearn confirming talks over a potential bout are ongoing.

Parker has been touted as a potential opponent too as Joshua looks to unify the heavyweight division.

Fury doesn't seem to think Joshua would have much chance of beating Parker though.

On Monday Parker's promoter, David Higgins, reacted furiously to what he claimed was Joshua's first offer to his client.

"I got this weird email from Eddie's email address, but he must have been hacked," Higgins said.

"Of course I have mentioned it [to Joseph Parker] and he just laughed like I did.

"I'm not going to reply, because I don't think it was Eddie Hearn. I reckon someone hacked his account, it was a scam.

"I reckon Eddie respects boxing and I reckon Anthony Joshua wouldn't want to insult Joseph Parker.

"Joseph has worked his way from the ground up and earned the right. Joshua, I think, would understand and respect that, so it can't possibly be AJ or Eddie that made the offer. 

"It must be an email hack."

15 November 2017, 12:00AM

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