On Saturday, July 28, heavyweight boxer Joe Parker is back in action for the first time since losing his world title to Anthony Joshua. The 6ft 4inch banger aims to make a quick-fire return to winning ways when taking on another British opponent in the progressive Dillian Whyte at the O2 Arena, London.

A 12-round contest this bout also doubles as a crossroads for both fighters. The winner will catapult themselves onto bigger and better things, moving a step closer to the likes of AJ and Deontay Wilder, the loser thrown on the scrap heap with a long road ahead if they are ever to be a major player in the division again.

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The fighting pride of South Auckland, New Zealand was last on British soil back in March when losing a points decision to Joshua at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium with IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO baubles on the line. The first man to take the champion 12 rounds but the beaten fighter rarely went close to upsetting the odds en route to dropping a 118-110, 118-110, 119-109 result. Parker looked content to hear the final bell and avoid a knockout against an opponent who went into the night with a 100% KO average.

That result may have nudged Parker off-course slightly, but bookmakers expect him to get back on track and pick-up what would be his 25th career win from 26 starts. The latest boxing betting has Joe Parker favourite to get the desired result with bet365 traders offering 5/6. Tight, but that’s the general feeling in the betting ring. Parker to stretch his 18 KOs with another inside the distance win is 7/2 or more luck in front of the judges is 7/4 jolly.

Those prices will surely catch the eye of followers of the noble art, who enjoy taking a swipe at the value as Dillian Whyte rates as a talented fighter with a real chance of turning the tables on the man in the opposite corner. For one the Body Snatcher from the Brixton area of London will enjoy the backing of a sell-out crowd at the former millennium dome and for two his record suggests he has been drastically overpriced.

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Like Parker, Whyte has lost only once and that spare also came against the all-conquering Anthony Joshua. Stopped in seven rounds by his neighbour at this venue back in December 2015 in what was a thrilling battle that swung back-and-forth with Dillian coming painfully close to getting AJ out of there.

A city grudge match with plenty of needle, the beaten fighter looked to be within one or two clean punches of knocking Joshua out, or certainly dropping him to the canvas, but lacked the little bit of composure needed to get over the line.

He would’ve learned from that and his record suggests he has with victory claimed in each of his seven outings since. Four of those seven have come by way of KO/TKO including the sixth-round destruction of previously unbeaten Australian Lucas Browne last time. Whyte to continue that purple patch is around the even-money mark, with another night off for the judges 7/2.