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Joseph Parker Willing To Face Top Opponent in Planned Fall Return

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker would welcome a showdown with any top opponent when he returns later this year.

David Higgins, manager of Parker, is planning to have his boxer return to the ring in August or September - and Queenstown in New Zealand is the preferred location for the fight.

Higgins is going to speak with Parker's promoter, Eddie Hearn, to get some kind of plan in place for the fall.

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Higgins has ruled out Lucas Browne as the potential opponent, as Browne is contractually tied to a fight in the United States with Apti Davtaev.

Also ruled out is undefeated Junior Fa - who wants a lot of money for a grudge fight with Parker.

They are willing to bring in an overseas opponent, as long as the fighter is placed in a quarantine to meet the local COVID-19 restrictions.  

"Matchroom have said they would support it and we're doing due diligence on the budget," Higgins told Sky Sports.

"I'm holding discussions with city locations. There's a mountain town named Queenstown in the Southern Lakes district, it's stunning scenery. Joe has never fought there. The mayor of Queenstown signalled an interest in holding the fight there.

"We would probably look at a smaller venue, a boutique event with everyone getting a chef-created dinner and showcasing some of the best food and wine of New Zealand. We can quarantine in an opponent from anywhere. New Zealand has announced it's going to let America's Cup sailors come into New Zealand, so boxing should be treated the same. With government dispensation, we could bring in an opponent from the UK, or the United States."

The hardest part about securing a top opponent for the date, is lack of money involved.

There is not enough money in the budget to secure someone like Dillian Whyte, Derek Chisora or Oleksandr Usyk.

"We're in a climate where some boxers are going to accept that the money will be less and put their hand up to fight anyway like Joseph Parker, who has got a good head on his shoulders.

"He understands that he's not going to get top dollar, but he's a boxer and he'll fight anyone, because he wants to keep busy. He'd fight Chisora, he'd fight Dillian Whyte, he'd fight Usyk. The budget won't be enough to bring them in, so then it's a question of who can we put on and who will step up?

"We'll lay out the red carpet if any of those British want to come down here to New Zealand. I'm sceptical, I think they like fighting in their own backyard. We'll look at all-comers, but it's going to come down to money as well and what's realistic."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Bunch Pag on 06-21-2020

Parker hasn't got any appeal to the top boxers.. Inc money.. I'd be surprised if I ever saw him in the ring again with a big name..

Comment by BLASTER1 on 06-21-2020

[QUOTE=LDBC Slayer;20621072]Dullian Shyte robbed Parker and needs to give him a rematch[/QUOTE] I think Whyte was very lucky to come away with the win. It at least should have been called a draw.

Comment by pollywog on 06-21-2020

[QUOTE=Unidentified;20621221]Willing to face top opponents, but not willing to pay them...[/QUOTE] Fast Eddie getting faster every day!!!

Comment by R.KHLMS4LIFE on 06-21-2020

Fight whyte ortiz or usyk

Comment by Unidentified on 06-21-2020

Willing to face top opponents, but not willing to pay them...

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