Joseph Parker Says Joe Joyce Demanding A Rematch Clause ‘Shows A Little Weakness’

Joseph Parker believes Joe Joyce demanding a rematch clause for their interim WBO heavyweight title fight shows some weakness.

Parker and Joyce are set to meet on September 24 in Manchester, England in a very intriguing matchup. The winner of the fight will be the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk which only adds to the anticipation of the fight.

However, in the lead-up to the fight, Joyce has demanded there be a rematch clause which according to Parker shows that the Brit isn’t confident he will win.

“I know deep down I back myself 100 percent to beat anyone,” Parker, told @idboxingnews (via BoxingScene). “I want to beat Joyce first, twice, I have to beat him in September, have a rematch and beat him again then I’m free to fight anybody. He’s not even champion so he shouldn’t have a rematch clause, but it’s one of those things where they weren’t going to make the fight happen unless it was in place. I don’t need a rematch clause, for the Joshua fight I didn’t need a rematch clause because I backed myself and I back myself now. I think it shows a little weakness. Because the first time we negotiated with them they didn’t care about a rematch clause. I didn’t look the best in the first Chisora fight, then after the second one they wanted a rematch clause, it shows weakness and shows there are little doubts that they think they might lose.”

If Joseph Parker does win, he is no stranger of running it back as he beat Derek Chisora by decision in back-to-back fights last time out. Before that, he also beat Junior Fa as he’s on a six-fight winning streak. Joe Joyce, meanwhile, is coming off a TKO win over Christian Hammer and TKO’d Carlos Takam.

Do you agree with Joseph Parker?