🚨 Joseph Parker reacts to Deontay Wilder’s latest excuse for his defeat

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Deontay Wilder suffered a surprising defeat to Joseph Parker in December.

The former champions collided on a bumper Saudi card with many expecting the hard-hitting American to get the win and set up a huge clash with Anthony Joshua.

But things turned out very differently as Parker put in a dominant performance and secured a wide points decision from the judges.

In a recent interview Wilder claimed that the travel to Saudi Arabia in part hindered his performance.

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Parker although sympathetic to Wilder’s case hit the nail on the head and claimed that as a professional athlete it’s on him and his team to make sure they acclimatise to their new surroundings.

Speaking to IFLTV he said: “Every fighter has to go through different things in camp. Before the Whyte camp, we locked in the fight then I flew 17 hours to Dubai, a three hour wait, then eight hours to Ireland to start my training camp.

He added: “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.”

Joseph Parker takes on Zhilei Zhang for the WBO interim heavyweight title on March 8th.

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