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PARKER MOCKS WILDER’S TRAVEL EXCUSE FOR HIS LOSS – ‘NOT SURE WHERE HE’S COMING FROM’

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Joseph Parker has mocked Deontay Wilder’s excuse after he blamed jet lag for his defeat against the former WBO Heavyweight Champion. 

Parker dominated their bout, beating the Bronze Bomber in a wide unanimous decision. Wilder only won one round on all three cards. He only boxed one round in over a year after stopping Robert Helenius coming into the Parker bout. Tyson Fury also knocked him out in back-to-back fights before facing Helenius. At 38, he did not look the same fighter. But rather than blaming inactivity or crediting Parker, Wilder blamed his travel schedule.

Wilder On Parker

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“It was a boring fight, nothing really happened. I went right back to training the next day. He really didn’t do nothing, they just went off the little flurries or whatever. In the training for that I had to travel two times, 20 hours of travelling. And those guys were already in Europe, they were only two or three hours away. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying what I had to go through,” Wilder said

Wilder has now developed a reputation for bringing up excuses after a defeat. The same happened with al three of his fights against Fury. In the first bout, Wilder blamed the referee for giving Fury more than a ten-count after the Gypsy King got off the floor in the 12th round. Wilder claimed his costume had made his legs weak in the next fight. He also blamed his former trainer, Mark Breland, for spiking his water.

To top it all off, Wilder alleged that Fury had tampered with his gloves by putting in egg-shaped objects. Since neither of these things were proved, Wilder was seen as blaming anything but himself for his performances. Now, Parker has reacted to the latest excuse.

Parker On Wilder

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“I was jet-lagged for a week, it’s what a fighter goes through, good or not it is what it is. It’s all part of trying to prepare for a fight. I’m not sure where he’s coming from, he did travel back and forth, we had to do the promotion, there was a lot of time travelling.

“When I travelled to Saudi for the fight, jet lag is a real thing, but as a professional fighter and the team around you – you have to make the right decision about when you have to be there and allow yourself the time to adjust and get used to the time zone and wherever you’re fighting,” Parker stated

Parker is preparing to face Zhilei Zhang on March 8 on the Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou card. Parker knows a win makes him the WBO Interim Heavyweight Champion. That belt makes him mandatory for the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. If that happens, Parker will target a second world title after losing his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua in 2018. Wilder must now regroup just as Parker had done after losing his belt.

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