Arum Wants Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings Showdown

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is very interested in matching top contender Bryant Jennings in a heavyweight title bout against WBO world champion Joseph Parker.

Last month, Jennings (20-2, 11 KOs) snapped a near two year layoff with a two round knockout of Daniel Martz in Nebraska. It was his first bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Luis Ortiz in December 2015. Prior to that bout, Jennings lost a competitive twelve round decision to former heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.

The recent fight was Jennings' debut as a Top Rank promoted fighter. Arum is also the American promoter for Parker, who is handled overseas by David Higgins of Duco.


This past Saturday night in Manchester, Parker (24-0, 18 KOs) retained his world title with a twelve round majority decision over mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.

Jennings, who is trained by veteran coach John David Jackson, is hoping to get Parker in the ring.

"I'll be working my way towards that fight with Parker. Parker is a champion. He has a belt right now and those are the things you are after as a fighter. Having a belt is one of my goals," Jennings said.

Arum has already spoke to Higgins about this fight, and Parker's team has expressed interest in the matchup.

"I've talked to David Higgins from Duco and he loves the idea and he would be amenable to a Parker fight with Jennings in the United States," Arum told ESPN.

There has been talk of other options for Parker as well. Parker's team is looking at a potential fight in Japan for big money. There are also options in the UK - like Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, Tony Bellew and obviously the big one - IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The biggest option in the United States would be the winner of the November fight between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Luis Ortiz.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BigZ44 on 09-25-2017

This would actually be a solid fight, close to 50/50 for me

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 09-25-2017

Arum making out the public are crying out for this crap fight trying to keep thr belt in house hoping jennings win in which he owns full ownership and cut duco out the loop for a future pot of gold…

Comment by OmarRueben on 09-25-2017

Average Joey Parker is no champion but Bryant sad jennings is no contender either. what a crap fight.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 09-25-2017

I think the smart move is to fight in Japan for the "big" money! Might as well! Jennings brings U.S. exposure, but no money. No one believes a win over Jennings will be any better than a win in Japan!…

Comment by 4truth on 09-25-2017

[QUOTE=TinAgeOfBoxing;18087403]BS. Jennings deserves jack, he should have to fight an eliminator with Andy Ruiz at least.[/QUOTE] Jennings resume is no worse than Parker's or Wilder's either for that matter. He deserves the fight because he would have a very good…

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