Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker could find himself in position for a world title shot in the near future, according to promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom.

To get there, Parker will have to overcome veteran Derek Chisora on May 1.

They were initially scheduled to fight in 2019 - with Parker being forced to withdraw due to illness. Chisora would instead face, and stop, Olympic bronze medal winner David Price.

Parker was in action earlier this year when he won a tougher than expected decision over New Zealand rival Junior Fa.

Chisora was in the ring last October, when he lost a very competitive twelve round decision to Oleksandr Usyk.

In victory, Parker could find himself in a title fight if the world titles become vacant. 

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are on the verge of colliding for the WBO, WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO titles. After the smoke has cleared on their two fight series, Hearn expects some of the titles to become vacant - and fighters like Parker to find themselves on the doorstep of a title shot.

"That's just going to go off, from the first bell, that fight," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"Actually, Joseph Parker is right up there, since his win over Junior Fa. He's top five, top six with a couple of governing bodies now. If he beats Chisora, when these belts become fragmented in probably 2022, this is a really important fight for him.

"Sometimes, I think people don't give 'Del Boy' enough credit. He lost a competitive fight to Oleksandr Usyk, who is a pound-for-pound great, undisputed cruiserweight champion. Parker's style is going to suit him a lot better.

"Both guys teaming up with a new training team. Great, great men. Andy Lee, of course, in Joe Parker's corner, and Buddy McGirt in Chisora's corner. It's going to be an interesting battle. When has [Chisora] not given us anything but unbelievable entertainment? It doesn't matter whether it's Dillian Whyte 1, Dillian Whyte 2, Szpilka. Takam was one of the most exciting fights I've ever seen. Usyk here and the Parker fight will be no different."