By Ryan Burton
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-2) returns to the ring on December 15th as he will attempt to bounce back from the first two losses of his career. Across the ring from him will be Alexander Flores (17-1-1). The fight will take place in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The 26-year-old Parker is very confident that if he is successful against Flores, that he will be back in a big fight in the very near future.
One of the fights that he is interested in is the December 22nd Dillian Whyte-Dereck Chisora rematch. Parker floored Whyte in the 12th round of their July fight but it was too little too late as he still lost a decision.
Regardless of who wins the Whyte-Chisora rematch, Parker is very interested in facing the winner.
"Now that I lost the last two fights we have to rebuild and get back to the top slowly and take the right path to get there. Once we get there we will take on anyone. We don't shy away from challenges or any fighter. We will take on anyone who is available," Parker recently told BoxingScene.com.
Parker says that he learned a lot from his losses and is working on cleaning up his mistakes in this training camp. He believes that he will be a better fighter and that the best version of himself will be on display on December 15th.
"As for changes you will see more power. We will be sitting down on punches more and showing more maturity. If I can take into the ring what I am working on it will be a great night. You will see a lot of power and movement," Parker explained.
He admits that he would have liked to have had more time to prepare for the Whyte fight but didn't make any excuses. He would love to get a shot at him again in the near future and get the opportunity to prove that he is the better fighter.
"I knew I did everything in training with the time frame I had to train. He beat me on the day so he is the better man on the day but it doesn't mean he is the better fighter. I feel like I could have beaten him and I feel like I belong at the top but a few things didn't go our way but we will be back," Parker stated.
Whyte-Chisora is a rematch of their 2016 Fight of the Year classic that Whyte won via split decision. The action takes place at the O2 Arena in Greenwich.