Joseph Parker is Interested in Facing Tony Bellew After Fury

By Ryan Burton caught up with WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker shortly after Floyd Mayweather's 10th round stoppage of Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas strip.

Parker (23-0) will face his mandatory challenger Hughie Fury (20-0) on September 23rd at the Manchester Arena in the UK.  The two were scheduled to fight in May in Parker's native New Zealand but Fury pulled out with an injury and Parker ended up winning an unanimous decision over late replacement Razvan Cojanu.

The 25-year-old is midway through his Las Vegas based training camp and said that everything has been running smoothly.


"I feel fantastic. I am training hard and am good shape. I am looking forward to the challenge of fighting someone that is 6'6" and uses the ring well. II look forward to fighting in front of his home crowd and putting on a great performance," said Parker.

Fury, who is the cousin of former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has recently put up pictures and videos on his social media networks of his tough training regimens.  Parker brushed them off saying that he wants to face the best possible version of Fury when they meet in the squared circle.

"My message to him is to train as hard as he can because I am coming as a champion and I am going to home with my belts. Come with your best because I am coming with my best," he explained.

Moments before our interview, former cruiserweight champion and top heavyweight contender Tony Bellew exchanged pleasantries with Parker.  The New Zealander said that he is very interested in facing Bellew, who stopped David Haye in his most recent bout, after the Fury fight.

"There is a chance that we may fight sometime soon. I need to get past Hughie and then we can set something up. I look forward to fighting Fury and then hopefully I will be fighting him. We'll see," Parker told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ray* on 09-01-2017

[QUOTE=Enzo Mc is ****;18003950]I keep getting ticket ads on Facebook. I guess they're struggling to sell it. The Manchester Arena takes 21,000 at full capacity. tbh I don't think casuals know that Tyson has a cousin fighting at heavyweight or…

Comment by Josh knight on 08-31-2017

Parker had the flu agaisnt Mexican. Blob. The guy can fight.

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 08-31-2017

Parker's interest in Bellew makes me think he and/or his team lacks confidence in his skills after his performances against Takam, Ruiz and the last guy whose name escapes me (I think he was sparked on Boxcino tho). The few…

Comment by True That on 08-31-2017

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;18003920]I'm definitely with you there - a Parker-Bellew fight really does nothing for me. I wish, I truly wish, there was a path for Parker to get either Wilder or Joshua in the ring soon - anything short of that…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 08-31-2017

[QUOTE=Ray*;18002603]Totally forgot about Parker v Fury.[/QUOTE] I keep getting ticket ads on Facebook. I guess they're struggling to sell it. The Manchester Arena takes 21,000 at full capacity. tbh I don't think casuals know that Tyson has a cousin fighting…

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