Watch: Dillian Whyte calls Joseph Parker 'coward' to his face, says he 'let down' NZ and family

Dillian Whyte clearly tried to get under the skin of Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, calling into question his "warrior spirit" after his unanimous loss to world champion boxer Anthony Joshua.

The pair will face off next Sunday 29 July (NZ Time) at London's 02 Arena.

The British boxer criticised Parker in their 'Gloves are off' interview saying he was running in his unification bout with Joshua in Wales in April, where Joshua ended up walking away with the Kiwi's WBO heavyweight title.

"He had his whole country over doing the haka, doing this and doing that and then he let them down," said Whyte.

"He didn't show the warrior spirit or warrior courage that I expected from him, from where he is from.

"He never showed that tribal instinct and that warrior instinct."

Whyte went on to say that Parker disappointed his family and country.

"You're desperate now, you let your family down and you let your country down."

Parker told his opponent that the fight helped his family.

"I didn't let anyone down I am set for life," said Parker.

The 30-year-old Englishman egged Parker on to come forward in their bout in London.

"Just don't be a coward in the fight and come and fight," said Whyte.

"Who is the coward?" asked Parker.

"You," responded Whyte.

"A coward is a person who calls someone a coward," said the Kiwi fighter.

Whyte fired back straight away with a comeback of his own.

"That is nonsense a coward is someone who doesn't show courage who needs to show courage."

"Well who got knocked out?" asked Parker, referring to the 2015 loss where Whyte was knocked out in the seventh round by Joshua.

"Because I wasn't a coward that's why, you were a coward that's why you didn't want to get knocked out and take chances," explained Whyte.

Parker and Whyte share similar professional records with the Kiwi winning 24 fights with only one loss, with Whyte winning 23 professional bouts with one loss to Joshua.

Parker is ranked sixth in the WBC, the title which American fighter Wilder holds. He is also ranked sixth in the WBO and seventh in the IBF, titles which both Joshua holds.

Whyte is ranked number one in the WBC, seventh in the WBA, another title which Joshua holds and second in the WBO.

The pair will face off next Sunday (NZ time) at London's 02 Arena.



'For too long we were ignored' - 141 survivors of sexual abuse by former US gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar stand united at ESPY awards

The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together in a powerful and solemn closing to the show highlighting the past year's top US athletes and moments in sports.

Gymnast Aly Raisman, softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez and gymnast Sarah Klein, who said she was Nassar's first victim 30 years ago, took turns speaking at the ESPYs today.

Klein chided the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State for placing "money and medals above the safety of child athletes."

Olympic snowboarding champion Chloe Kim won a leading three ESPYs, including best female athlete, while Alex Ovechkin claimed best male athlete.

Kim had tears in her eyes as she listened to the Arthur Ashe recipients.

"We must start caring about children's safety more than we care about adults' reputations," Klein said. "If we can just give one person the courage to use their voice, this is worth it."

Raisman added, "For too long we were ignored. It could have been avoided. All we needed was one adult to have the integrity to stand between us and Larry Nassar."

The audience gave the group a prolonged standing ovation and remained on its feet while the women spoke.

"What a powerful stage up here," host Danica Patrick said before signing off.


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Swimming coach who trained Aussie legend Ian Thorpe sees huge potential in upcoming Kiwi – ‘the world’s his oyster’

He shot to fame as New Zealand's first medallist in the pool at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and now teenage swimmer Lewis Clareburt is eyeing up even more success.

The 19-year-old has even managed to capture the attention of one of swimming most famous coaches with Doug Frost coming in to coach the Kiwi.

"I'm quite impressed actually - and his whole attitude has been really good," Frost said.

Frost coached Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe to his five-medal haul at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, but now he’s helping out at Wellington's Capital Swim Club in the build up to the Pan-Pacific Championships next month.

It’s an opportunity Clareburt says he is taking full advantage of.

"Even though he coached Ian Thorpe when he was a freestyler, he's mainly been looking at my breaststroke and my backstroke, and a lot to do with my turns, and just swimming-specific gym work that he's going to bring in the next week."

Clareburt turned down an opportunity to move his training to Auckland, choosing instead to stay in Wellington.

"I get to live at home which is still pretty cool - get the support from mum and dad.

"In the past. Swimming NZ and HPSNZ haven't supported us swimmers in Wellington and I think I changed that after my medal which is all good."

With the Pan-Pacific Champs being his immediate focus, Clareburt says Tokyo 2020 is his next major goal – something Frost sees on the youngster’s horizon.

"I think right now, the world's his oyster, I really believe that.

"He can do anything. It's just a matter of giving the opportunities, and I think that's happening."

Doug Frost has been helping Lewis Clareburt and he sees something special. Source: 1 NEWS


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