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Parker Interested In Haye/Bellew Winner?

Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Will Have All Eyes On May 5th.


By Aaron Cooper

Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Joseph Parker looks to set to fight on British shores again. The New Zealander certainly did himself no harm in his defeat to Anthony Joshua at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31st. Whilst he was outpointed by Joshua it has been viewed by many that the referee did not allow Parker to fight his own fight, not allowing any fighting on the inside which Joshua looked uncomfortable with.

David Higgins, Parker's promoter is set to sit down with his man this week and discuss his options. But there is a strong belief that Parker will indeed grace British boxing shores again, and the Kiwi has his eyes firmly fixed on May 5th and London's O2 Arena.

Promoter David Higgins told Sky Sports. "Joseph Parker himself and our team would back him against almost anyone, and certainly would back him against the winner of Bellew-Haye.

"The question is whether they would be willing to step up? I think most people would see Anthony Joshua at this point as the 'Golden Goose', and the big queue of people sitting on their hands and waiting a year, maybe two years for a shot, which may or may not happen."

"For those British contenders, respect to the one that does step up to Parker, because I think, despite Parker not quite getting the win, he gained a lot of respect, and is the first man to take Joshua the distance."

Bellew has talked about fighting Parker in the past. He has long claimed that Joshua, Wilder and Fury are all 'too big' for him. But a fight against Parker might well be enough to keep him interested in staying in the ring rather than hanging up his gloves like many predict. Of course he has to get past Haye first. Dillian Whyte too has called out Parker in the past, but he looks set to take on Kubrat Pulev on July 21st at the O2. 

I've said it before and i'll say it again. The heavyweight division is becoming more interesting by the day!!