Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins has confirmed the Kiwi heavyweight is due to train at retired British boxer David Haye’s gym again ahead of facing Dillian Whyte in London later this month.

Parker has previously trained at Haye’s base in London when preparing to fight Anthony Joshua in the heavyweight world title unification bout the 26-year-old New Zealander lost on points in Cardiff on April 1.

Higgins said Haye, 37, who announced his retirement in June, had always been “very accommodating” for Parker.

“Same as usual, Park Plaza, the Riverbank hotel, and as far as I know, he’ll be using the same David Haye gym,” he told the UK’s Sky Sports ahead of Parker’s next fight against Haye’s fellow Brit Whyte at London’s 02 Arena on July 28.

“David seems to have been very good to us from our first fight up there. David’s been very helpful, we’re very grateful.

“I’m sure that he and Joseph will discuss tactics and stuff like that. The use of the facilities has been invaluable, they are private, hidden and quiet, and near the hotel.”

Parker, the former WBO champion, is set to spend the final two weeks of preparation for fighting Whyte on his home turf at Haye’s gym.

Their records are almost identical; Parker is 24-1 and Whyte is 23-1. Parker has won 18 by knockout; Whyte 17.

Haye, a former WBA heavyweight champion, finished his career 28-4 with 26 victories via knockout.


David Haye has made a successful comeback to ring, knocking out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round. With a solid left hand, Haye knocked down Chisora for the first time in the fifth round. Although Chisora got up before the count, he was obviously still hurt. While trying to clinch, Chisora was rocked once again by a Haye right hand, and went down. Once Chisora got up before the count, referee Luis Pabon stopped the bout.

Nothing is really going on with the WBO with this. We are not asked to Sanction the contest.

After a match in Germany with┬áChisora and Klitschko, Chisora and Haye had a confrontation, an ugly disturbance actually. They were suspended by the Local Commission and Chisora’s boxing licenses was suspended by the BBBofC. They were suspended from WBO Participation under our Rules.

The Promoter of Chisora and Haye applied to the BBBofC to fight each other, not a WBO fight. The BBBofC denied them a license, so they applied to the Luxenburg Commission which granted the license and agreed to have the fight in England. Under EU Law, this is OK. The Austrian Commission, for instance. regularly sanctions matches in Germany.

The WBO was asked to lift our suspension of Chisora and Haye which we would ordinarily do. This is a dispute between Frank Warren and the BBBofC. We are not involved in the Haye Chisora fight in England. We have no reason to continue the WBO suspension. In fact, it was already too long. 45 to 60 days would have been maximum under the facts and circumstances.

The BBBofC objects to the fight in UK because Chisora is suspended and Haye is no longer licensed in the UK. The WBO believes in and supports the free market rights of WBO participants. Under the EU it appears this is Frank Warren’s right to do. The WBO, however, is not taking sides. This is not a WBO sanctioned fight. Our sole inquiry is whether the suspension of Haye and Chisora from WBO Participation should be lifted. I think clearly it should be.

Whether they may or should fight in UK on a Luxenburg license is not our issue.

Even if it were a WBO fight, licensing is not within our jurisdiction. We are concerned only with Sanctioning. The WBO should never restrain trade for issues beyond our jurisdiction.

Under our Rules, we should have lifted it 30 days ago and would have if they asked then. This is the only aspect of the dispute we are involved in and we are restrained solely to application of our Rules and our precedent to their application to the reason for the suspension from WBO Participation.