Dillian Whyte weighed in 17 pounds heavier than Joseph Parker as the pair prepare to go head-to-head in London on Sunday.

The heavyweight duo are looking to boost their chances of a title bout with Anthony Joshua in the future — the Briton having beaten both men in his career.

Whyte tipped the scales at 259 pounds on Friday, while Parker was a lighter 242 pounds.

It puts Whyte nearly five pounds heavier than his previous fight against Lucas Browne, a meeting that saw the 30-year-old deliver a brutal sixth-round knockout.

“I was always going to come in as the heavier man because I’m the naturally bigger man,” Whyte said. “It was a short camp, so we didn’t want to focus on draining. We just wanted to get the weight down to somewhere we could move, and be effective, and move as quick as I could. I’ve got speed, timing and a lot of power.

Dillian Whyte [left], Joseph Parker [right] ready for war
Dillian Whyte [left], Joseph Parker [right] ready for war
“I am cool, calm and collected, which he has taken for weakness. I’ll show him that the ‘Junkyard Dog’ is still here, he’s just behaving himself. Don’t take my kindness for weakness.”

Parker also weighed more than his last outing — the defeat to Joshua in Cardiff — but the Kiwi does not believe it will affect his performance, confidently predicting a comprehensive win.

“All the talking has been done, I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and letting my hands go,” said Parker. “The weight isn’t a problem as long as you feel comfortable. Coming in heavier will mean I trade more.

“That’s the first time I’ve been nose-to-nose with someone. I wasn’t intimated, it was something new. I’ll leave everything in the ring, someone is going to get knocked out.”

Source: SN