Parker called out by Bellew, Whyte after underwhelming first defence

Joseph Parker was immediately called out by Tony Bellew and Dillian Whyte after defending his WBO world heavyweight title on Saturday with an uninspiring victory over the eccentric Razvan Cojanu.

In the first defence of the belt he won by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr last December, Parker triumphed by a wide margin on all three scorecards in Auckland.

However, the New Zealander's performance was underwhelming to say the least as he failed to land any telling punches against former sparring partner Cojanu, a giant Romanian who had stepped in as a late replacement for the injured Hughie Fury.

The only real entertainment came courtesy of the antics of Cojanu, who taunted Parker throughout - often after being hit - despite adopting a negative approach that ensured the champion was never under threat.

Former cruiserweight champ Bellew, who stunned domestic rival David Haye earlier this year to win his first heavyweight fight, tweeted: "All I'm reading is you wanna see me Vs @joeboxerparker. I sign for this and his reign is over real quick, how much you want it? @EddieHearn."

Promoter Hearn also received pleas from another British heavyweight to make a fight happen, as Whyte tweeted: "I don't rate joe Parker please make this fight please please @SkySportsBoxing @EddieHearn @MatchroomBoxing #TEAMBODYSNATCHER."

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