Joseph Parker: Deontay Wilder will have too much for Luis Ortiz

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker will fight in Cardiff on March 31. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Joseph Parker has backed Deontay Wilder to emerge victorious over Luis Ortiz in their upcoming fight.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) will make his seventh defence of his WBC heavyweight world title Saturday when he takes on challenger Ortiz at the Barclays Centre, Brooklyn.

Parker, who previously revealed he would like to fight Wilder in 2018, believes it will be a tough fight for the American.

"My prediction is seeing Deontay Wilder coming out on top," Parker told ESPN. "But he has to be wary because Ortiz is dangerous in the first half of the fight.

"I think it's a great fight for him [Ortiz]. He's one of the best fighters in the division and it's a big, tough challenging fight for him at the right time.

"But I think Wilder will just have too much and he will be the one to come out on top."

If victorious, Wilder could potentially face Dillian Whyte next with the Brit currently holding the WBC silver belt and positioned at No. 1 in the rankings.

Whyte, a former opponent of Anthony Joshua, defends his silver belt against Lucas Browne at London's O2 Arena on March 24, a match-up Parker is branding as a "50-50 fight".

Parker added: "That's a harder one to pick. Their styles gel. They both like to come forward and throw bombs so I think it will be whoever lands the biggest punch first.

"I might be leaning towards Lucas Browne, but Dillian Whyte's a fighter who can cause a big upset as he's a fighter who throws big punches and combinations. It's a 50-50 fight for me."

Parker (24-0, 18KOs) challenges Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) on March 31 at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in a three-belt WBA-IBF-WBO heavyweight unification bout.