Parker craves quality opponent

By Daily Sports on October 24, 2017

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World heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker is seeking for a worthy opponent in his next title defence fight in New Zealand.

Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) who holds the WBO heavyweight title doesn’t want his next opponent to be a low level fighter.

With a big money unification fight against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on the horizon for next year, it’s not likely that Parker’s promoter is going to match him against someone that is a real threat to beating him from the WBO’s top 15.

The 25-year-old Parker has already defended his World Boxing Organization title twice against arguably poor opponents in Hughie Fury and Razvan Cojanu. Parker’s fight against Hughie last month on September 23 was an all-time low, as Hughie spent the entire fight trying to elude Parker by running around the ring, and tying him up each time he would cut off the ring to initiate action.

Parker will end up fighting one of the top 15 contenders in the WBO’s ranking. These are several of the opponents that would be ideal for Parker: Kyotaro Fujimoto, Alexander Povetkin and former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne.

However, Povetkin is expected to be fighting in a WBO title eliminator soon against Christian Hammer.

“There is a big possibility that it could be in New Zealand but there is also a big possibility that we could be fighting in the UK,” said Parker to the nzherald.co.nz.

“We’re still negotiation with Eddie Hearn’s team [the promoter of Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Tony Bellew] and with other fighters. I just want to fight big fights – fights that people want to watch.”

•Photo shows Joseph Parker.

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 24, 2017

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