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Joseph Parker Has Interest in Ring Return on Joshua's Next Card

Last Saturday night, Joseph Parker acknowledged he was beaten by a better champion but the New Zealander insisted he will be back after losing his WBO heavyweight title to Anthony Joshua.

Parker put his WBO belt on the line in Cardiff but he walked away empty-handed as WBA, IBO and IBF champion Joshua prevailed by unanimous decision on Saturday.

Previously unbeaten, Parker forced Joshua to go the 12-round distance for the first time in his career, however the 26-year-old from South Auckland was unable to deliver the knockout blow against his disciplined opponent.

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Speaking afterwards, Parker told Sky Sports: "Today I got beaten by a better champion. There's a lot to work on - it's a good experience being here, thank you all for the opportunity, to fight in this big stadium.

"I want to go back, train hard ... and come back stronger. No regrets. We'll be back again. I'd love to have another go - it's just back to the drawing board. Of course [I can become world champion again]. I'm young, fit, strong - I didn't go down. I'm fit to go 12 rounds.He's good - he's a good, big man. He was better on the day, but like I said, I'll be back."

Parker's promoter David Higgins said there was interest in placing his fighter on the undercard of Joshua's next event in the UK.

"We saw what a big deal the Povetkin-Price fight was as the main undercard fight to Parker-Joshua, and a Joshua show has a massive audience. It's about leaving ego out of it," Higgins told The New Zealand Herald.

"August would be about the right time in the UK. Joe has got respect and support in the UK now whereas previously his only market was in New Zealand. I spoke to Eddie Hearn yesterday and he said he would be more than happy to help out with opportunities. There are options. I will talk to [American co-promoter] Bob Arum too and there is always the option of fighting in New Zealand again."

Higgins also revealed that Joshua vs. Parker may have broken the pay-per-view record in New Zealand.

"There is confidentiality around it, but it will probably be No1 for revenue if not buys," Higgins said.

The David Tua v Shane Cameron fight in 2009 holds the pay per view record in New Zealand of more than 80,000 buys.

"Joe will get a well-deserved rest and I feel like I've gone 12 rounds myself so I'm going to lay low for a while," said Higgins. "I'll speak to Joe about what he wants to do. The early indications are that he wants to fight again sooner rather than later."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Karoriori on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=Sickmerch1990;18640243]parker was in survival mode soon as he felt joshuas jab was an awful fight threw the ref and parker being out of his depth[/QUOTE] AJ didn't help himself. Parker made him look sloppy i think Wilder puts him to…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=Karoriori;18636957]Possibly the most biased commentary team in World sport. Pin drop silence whenever Parker got work off and then as you said back to the circle jerk over AJ.[/QUOTE] parker was in survival mode soon as he felt joshuas jab…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=Jkp;18638973]Only wilder[/QUOTE] We have to wait and see then.... It's just around the corner.

Comment by BLASTER1 on 04-04-2018

[QUOTE=Armchairhero;18639143]He uses he strength to pull him through, I think he will have a tough time when the opponents are bigger and stronger, walking through punches etc. Uysk doesn’t rely on power and is a better pure boxer than any…

Comment by Kezzer on 04-04-2018

LEts just say Joshua does fight miller next (which is Speculation at this stage) then it could be a win win for Parker and Eddie Hearn. Find another American (hammer? Briggs?) to fight Parker. Suddenly the card has two Americans…

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