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Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Could Be Up Next

A giant sportsman from the old eastern bloc could be next in line to take on Joseph Parker as the Kiwi edges towards a title shot.

Solomon Haumono portrayed himself as 'Rocky' while Joseph Parker played 'Apollo Creed' in a promotional clip before their heavyweight clash, and the cinematic connection may soon get another chapter.

The identity of Parker's next opponent is due to be revealed by promoter Duco Events on Tuesday.

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Alexander Dimitrenko could be in the frame as the Kiwi's 21st opponent, considering the Ukrainian-born naturalised German boasts the physical attributes to prime Parker for his IBF title fight with Anthony Joshua.

Dimitrenko  may be recognisable to fight fans as a modern day equivalent of Ivan Drago, the Soviet behemoth played by Dolph Lundgren in 'Rocky IV'.

The Englishman enjoys a 10-15cm reach advantage over Parker, depending on what measurements are relied upon, so Dimitrenko, a former WBO Intercontinental heavyweight champion, could be tailor-made preparation given his 211cm wingspan.

Dimitrenko launched his professional career in 2001 and has since built a record of 38 wins [24KO] and two defeats.

The 34-year-old last fought in January but has only had six bouts since failing to claim Kubrat Pulev's IBF heavyweight crown back in 2012.

Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan was deliberately vague when confirming Parker's next fight was scheduled for early October in New Zealand, though he was possibly angling towards the 2.01-metre Dimitrenko when revealing: "He's a substantial unit, it's fair to say.

"It's something we haven't faced before."

Parker, who beat Haumono with a fourth round knockout in Christchurch on Thursday night, has sparring experience against fighter with a height and reach advantage - notably former WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.

But he is yet to confront an opponent capable comfortably keeping him at arm's length to negate his double jab, the focal point of his 198cm reach.

Parker, meanwhile, gave himself a pass mark following his predictable win over Haumono, although his occasionally suspect defence was rarely tested by the 40-year-old former league star.

"My hands were still a little bit low, but my movement was better," he said, acknowledging he had to keep improving to size up to the bigger names of the division: Joshua, Tyson Fury and Klitschko.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by r1onnie2 on 07-22-2016

Not a bad fight, I wouldn't mind seeing this one pan out!

Comment by NEETzsche on 07-22-2016

not bad we know he's not going to face anyone who might beat him while he has that IBF mandatory position, but he can at least fight guys who will give him a new look and maybe teach him something,…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 07-22-2016

Smart move ,if he fights anyone in top 5 not sure if he wins. I would favor someone like Pulev to pick apart Parkers defensive holes. I don't believe he and his team think they can defeat Joshua now.I don't…

Comment by Eastcoast on 07-22-2016

Damn, Dimitrenko might still be better than Martin or Breazele. Parker should eventually fight David Price as a co-main on Joshua's card.

Comment by WTF Huck! on 07-22-2016

Another gimme fight. Dimitrenko would have been a tough challenge a few years ago, but he's a nothing now. If Parker wants to squeeze in another fight before Joshua he should make it a meaningful one. Pulev would be a…

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