Dillian Whyte Faces Luis Ortiz On July 28th?

This announcement comes off the heels of the announcement of a press conference set for Thursday, hosted by Whyte's promoter, Eddie Hearn, where Whyte's opponent will meet him face to face.

Dillian Whyte never expected to be fighting Joseph Parker next after a fight with the former WBO heavyweight champion "fell from the sky".

"This fight came out of nowhere and I can't quite believe it's happening", said Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn. This is a big fight and I'll be training very hard as always. It'll be an incredible fight.

Indeed, Parker is a bigger name than Pulev by virtue of his nearly 18-month reign as WBO heavyweight champion, as well as his unification fight with Anthony Joshua in which he lost his championship.

"The old mid-drift is going to get touched. but with all respect he's a proper gentleman but this is the fight game and we are going to do the business".

Parker said: "We've both been in with AJ. That pretty much speaks for itself", said Parker - the only fighter to so far take Joshua the full distance.

We didn't get the result but I feel it's a great time to come back.

Since losing to Joshua for the British title, Whyte has repaired his standing with seven straight wins, including knocking out unbeaten Australian Lucas Browne in March.

That turns Whyte's attention to the WBC where an eliminator with big-hitting Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz is a fight that would pack monetary punch and see the victor in line to challenge Joshua who is also that organisation's champion.

"Two guys that will fight anyone agreed a fight within hours and now we have the prospect of a brilliant Heavyweight match up that will play a major part in shaping the division".

Joshua, who also holds the WBA, IBO and WBO titles, went on to beat his replacement Carlos Takam.

The common link through Joshua is highly marketable, especially given Parker's hard-eatrned profile in the United Kingdom over the a year ago.

"He'll be seen as risky and a lot of guys are very mouthy and derogatory towards Parker in putting him down like [Tony] Bellew, or like Dillian Whyte", Higgins told Sky Sports in April.