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Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings Showdown in The Works

David Higgins, who promotes former WBO heavyweight world champion Joseph Parker (24-1, 18 KOs), has indicated that his boxer's co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, is attempting to get the Kiwi superstar to make his return in the United States.

Parker tasted his first defeat back in March, when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Anthony Joshua in their four belt unification. Parker became the first boxer to take Joshua the full distance.

According to Higgins, Arum has proposed a showdown with Bryan Jennings (23-2), in a headline fight on August 18th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. ESPN would televise the fight live.

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Jennings has won four in a row since suffering back to back defeats in 2015 to Wladimir Klitschko and Luis Ortiz.

This is not the first time that Arum explored the idea of this contest.

Prior to Parker reaching an agreement for his clash with Joshua, Arum was pushing for Parker to make his first world title defense against Jennings. There was interest from Team Parker - but Joshua was their priority at the time.

While Top Rank is hoping the contest takes place, Higgins told Stuff there was "still nothing firm enough to discuss."

Top Rank vice-president Carl Moretti told ESPN - "It's a fight we're working on and it's a fight we'd like to do but there are a lot of moving parts, Sometimes they get made and sometimes they don't."

Parker is also looking at several other potential options, like a fight in New Zealand against heavyweight giant Alexander Ustinov of Russia.

As BoxingScene.com reported a few weeks ago, Ustinov was eyed as a headline opponent due to his marketability in the country.

Back in 2013, Ustinov won a twelve round decision over local fan favorite David Tua, which sent the veteran straight into retirement.

A fight with Ustinov would have the 'revenge' back story to promote the fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Paddy Mashdown on 06-06-2018

Jennings is rubbish, easy W for Parker.

Comment by Outworn on 06-06-2018

❌🤝 Joseph Parker's promoter David Higgins has denied claims that the Bryant Jennings fight is agreed. He says negotiations are ongoing, but Alexander Ustinov is another option.— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 6, 2018

Comment by Scopedog on 06-04-2018

I reckon that Parker is the favourite, but Jennings is close enough to make an upset credible. Crossroads fight.

Comment by IMDAZED on 06-04-2018

This is the best time to fight Parker if you're Jennings. He's coming off what must've been the most grueling camp of his career and then lost clearly to the champ. It will be very difficult for him to get…

Comment by Outworn on 06-04-2018

Done deal 🤝 Bryant Jennings has confirmed that a deal has been done for him to face Joseph Parker on August 18th in Atlantic City.— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 4, 2018

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