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Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Ustinov Being Mentioned

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs) could be looking for a touch of domestic revenge in his next fight.

According to a report by Stuff, giant-sized contender Alexander Ustinov (34-2, 25 KOs) of Russia is being mentioned as a potential opponent for the New Zealand star.

Ustinov fought in New Zealand in 2013, when he dominated another local star, David Tua, and retired the veteran with the loss.

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The 6'7 boxer was riding a seven fight win streak - until he was dropped and outboxed by Manuel Charr last November in Germany.

His other defeat came in 2012, when he was knocked out by top rated contender Kubrat Pulev.

Parker would also be coming off a loss, after losing a twelve round unanimous decision to Anthony Joshua in March - when they fought in an IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA heavyweight unification clash.

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Parker's promoter David Higgins is looking to stage his next fight in New Zealand.

Ustinov is ranked at 10 with the WBA, and because of the win over Tua he would be a very marketable opponent to sell tickets for the event.

"The absence of a good opportunity in the UK would necessitate looking at New Zealand and whether we can mount a credible promotion here with a big name opponent," Higgins told New Zealand Radio.

"[Joseph's next opponent] is someone that's big and tall, because a lot of the top guys are big and tall and he can learn from his mistakes [against Joshua]. It's ideally someone in the top 15 or top 10 of the sanctioning bodies and someone with a name that's promotable."

Higgins would like to match Parker against Tony Bellew, who last weekend stopped David Haye, but he doubts the Liverpool boxer would take the fight.

Bellew was calling for a fight when Parker was the WBO world champion, but lately he's been calling for Andre Ward and Tyson Fury.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oldschoolfool on 05-11-2018

Good stay-busy fight for Joe with a decent big opponent. Good money in it too. Good pick for now. He should think about fighting wilder before wilder gets beat by Joshua.

Comment by dan_cov on 05-10-2018

Totally forgot this big oaf beat a 50yr old Tua. I can't even lie being reminded has saddened me. Getting old sucks.

Comment by mlac on 05-10-2018

calm down guys. hes doing it to avenge Tua.

Comment by dan_cov on 05-10-2018

Fight blows Ustinov just lost to Charr who I'm sure we can all agree is terrible and was knocked out by a jab even in his prime. He may as well be rematching Dimitrienko it sucks that much a55.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-10-2018

As long as AJ and Wilder are reigning, I can't see Parker winning back his world title.

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