Heavyweights David Price and Jarrell Miller are in the running to fight WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in his first defense in four months from now on April 8. Parker’s co-promoter Bob Arum says it’s down to Price or Miller for the fight against Parker. Parker just won the WBO title this month in beating Andy Ruiz Jr. by a 12 round majority decision.
Parker’s defense could take place in New Zealand were he enjoys large crowds of boxing fans that come to see him fight.
Parker isn’t going to fight Ruiz Jr. a second time to clear up a little of the controversy of his questionable decision. Arum and Parker’s co-promoters at Duco Events are working on finding someone to face him for his April 8 date. Price is said to be in the leading position right now to get that fight.
Arum isn’t saying why the 6’8” Price is the guy that is in the spotlight, but it’s possible that he’s viewed as the more winnable fight for Parker, who looked plenty flawed and vulnerable against the 27-year-old Ruiz Jr. if you even want to call that a victory. A lot of boxing fans aren’t calling it a victory.
They’re calling it an old fashioned robbery where the visiting fighter Ruiz Jr. gets robbed in favor of the flawed hometown fighter Parker. In this case it might be the smartest thing in the world for Arum to pick the chinny Price rather than Miller, who seems to be able to take a healthy shot without nose-diving into the canvas for the 10 count like Price.
“Would love to fight @joeboxerparker in his 1st defence of @WorldBoxingOrg title hope it happens,” said Price.
The fans as a whole might not rejoice in the news if Price is picked for Parker to defend his WBO title against, because he’s not really done much during his career other beating a handful of weaker heavyweights.
I’d be shocked if Price doesn’t get the Parker fight, because he’s perfect for him. If you were to create the ideal opponent for Parker to fight by scratch, you would create Price, because he’s made to order for Parker. He’s slow on his feet, aging and he has a history of getting KNOCKED OUT when hit hard. It doesn’t even take a good heavyweight to beat Price. It just takes someone that is able to hit him in the head with power shots enough to get the knockout.
“Either David Price or Jarrell Miller, and I’m looking forward to it,” said Arum to Boxingtalk.com.
If Parker doesn’t have the talent to beat either of these heavyweights, then he’s not worthy to be the WBO heavyweight champion. He should have enough talent to get favorable results against those guys, because neither of them have great boxing skills and both have been shown to be mediocre at times.