As previously reported, former heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (24-2, 18 KOs) will return to the ring on December 15 with a bout in New Zealand after back-to-back losses this year.
The heavyweight's career trajectory suffered a nosedive after twelve round defeats against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
Both contests were settled on points and Parker remains confident he can become a headline act once again.
The opponent for his next fight, which will take place in Christchurch, has not been named but an announcement is expected soon.
Parker knocked Whyte down in the final round at the O2 Arena but was unable to get the win he feels he deserved. He's more than willing to get right back in there with Whyte.
At the moment, Parker wants to get back in the mix in a big way with a respectable opponent. One thing he doesn't want, is a walkover opponent for his return.
"If it was me and I could lock in any fight, I'd fight Dillian Whyte again, I'd fight [Dereck] Chisora, because those guys belong at the top. I'd fight Joshua again. But we're just trying to lock in anyone, anyone with a good record, good experience, someone that's actually going to give me a good challenge. We dont want someone who's just going to come in and get punched over and knocked out," Parker said.
And he admits that a major goal is to end his next contest by knockout. Parker has been unable to stop any of his opponents since October of 2016. His last five bouts have gone the full distance.
"Yea I want a knockout. I don't care what round it is - one, two, three, four - I want to knock someone out. That's what I want to do, but it's easier said than done," Parker said.