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Parker's Handlers Hold 'Positive' Meetings With Networks

By Duncan Johnstone

Joseph Parker's handlers hope to have the Kiwi heavyweight boxer fight on America's lucrative pay-per-view networks next year.

Duco Events bosses Dean Lonergan and David Higgins met with HBO and Showtime in New York following Parker's US TV debut on NBC where he showcased his skills with a knockout of journeyman Keith Thompson.

Lonergan described the meetings - where it was made clear that Parker was on their radar - as "very positive" .

"We had very good hearings with senior executives. We are hopeful of getting Joe on one of them next year. Both are keen to ramp up the heavyweight division," Lonergan said.

The pay-per-view boxing market has been dominated by smaller fighters Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, taking the biggest heavyweight fights to European audiences.

With Vitali having stepped down to open up the WBC belt which is now held by Canadian Bermane Stiverne, the US networks anticipated an exciting competition among the next wave of fighters, with Parker very much in that mix.

Parker is in New Zealand this week for promotional work alongside Sherman Williams, his Bermuda opponent for his next fight in Auckland on October 16.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 08-23-2014

I don't think the writer means PPV, just HBO or SHO. When do you guys think he may be ready for Wladimir?

Comment by Mindrapist on 08-23-2014

[QUOTE=chibox123;14881496]Who the hell is this Roodey poo?[/QUOTE] My sentiments exactly. Ain't no way in hell this unknown jabroni is going on PPV in the near future.

Comment by Chiboxing123 on 08-23-2014

Who the hell is this Roodey poo?

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