Dillian Whyte can put Joseph Parker “to sleep” if he connects cleanly on the New Zealander’s renowned chin, says the British fighter’s sparring partner Frazer Clarke.
The Brixton man has tested his punch power on Team GB fighter Frazer Clarke ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight clash with Parker at The O2, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Not even Anthony Joshua could put a dent in Parker, who became the first man to take him 12 rounds, but Clarke insists Whyte is capable of ruining his reputation with a crushing knockout.
“He must have a half good chin,” said Clarke, who has fought Parker in the amateur ranks.
“I saw Joshua catch him with a few good shots, but there’s no such thing as a granite chin.
“If Dillian Whyte hits Joseph Parker clean on the chin with those small gloves, he’s going to sleep, and that’s the top and bottom of it, I don’t care how granite your chin is.”
Whyte’s hard graft has drastically developed his stamina and boxing skills, according to Clarke, who believes brutal punches will come from all angles, despite his ‘Body Snatcher’ nickname.
“I think he’s genuinely a one-punch knockout, if he catches you,” said Clarke.
“There’s a lot of weight and a lot of strength, and a lot of aggression behind that punch, if he catches you with it.
“Looking at the way he was training, and listening to him with his coach, I don’t think he’s a one-trick pony, who can just throw body shots.
“They have tried to add to his arsenal. His boxing has developed, I’ve noticed that over the last few fights.”