David Higgins, promoter for heavyweight contender Joseph Parker, likes his fighter's chances in his upcoming battle of former world champions.

Parker will collide with Deontay Wilder on December 23, as part of a big card being staged in Saudi Arabia.

The New Zealand star is coming back after last month's vicious knockout of Simon Kean. The victory was Parker's third since getting knocked out by Joe Joyce in September 2022.

"It was a fantastic performance by Joseph Parker," Higgins told Sky Sports. "He showed he was explosive and showed great power. Simon Kean was a big guy and Joseph knocked him out with an uppercut. It was his third victory this calendar year and Deontay Wilder will be the fourth. We like the momentum that Joseph has heading into this massive opportunity in Saudi Arabia.

"Any heavyweight can knock out a heavyweight. Joseph has got over 20 knockouts on his resume. Wilder has got a huge punch, one of the biggest in history, but Joseph does have some advantages. He is the better boxer, he's quicker. It's naive to write anyone off.

"Joseph was a world champion, so was Wilder. Wilder may have a massive punch, but outside of that, he's not as well developed as Joseph. It's a winnable fight for Joseph Parker, if he brings his A-game and we see the best Joseph Parker on the night."

Wilder has been away from the ring since October of 2022, when he knocked out Robert Helenius in one round.

Higgins believes Parker is more than capable of knocking Wilder out.  And he feels a victory could set Parker on the path for a rematch with Anthony Joshua, who decisioned Parker in 2018.

"Yeah I do [believe Parker can stop Wilder]. He put Chisora down a few times with the uppercut. It's all about connecting with a well-timed punch. Of course he can knock out Deontay Wilder," Higgins said.

"Victory will catapult him right up back to the top of the conversation. He could credibly ask for a rematch with Anthony Joshua for example, but also challenge for a world title in 2024."