Being a top contender and former WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker was a very interested observer in the recent clash between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.

Whyte, who was the mandatory challenger to WBC world champion Tyson Fury, was knocked out cold in the fifth round by Povetkin, who was down twice in the fourth and landed a vicious uppercut to close the show.

After the fight was over, Parker called Whyte to check on his health.

The second call he made was to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Parker asked Hearn for the opportunity to fight Whyte or Povetkin.

Back in 2018, Parker lost a hard-fought twelve round decision to Whyte. He dropped Whyte in the final round and appeared to be on the verge of knocking him out, but ran out of time.

If Parker wants either man, he will have to wait - because Whyte exercised an immediate rematch clause and will face Povetkin for a second time in the coming months.

Hearn advised Parker to get a big win in a potential clash with Junior Fa in the fall - and then they will discuss the Povetkin-Whyte winner.

"I watched the fight - I gave Dillian a call straight after and he said he was OK. He realizes that, in heavyweight boxing, one punch can change everything and that's certainly what happened," Parker said to the AM Show.

"I video-called Eddie after the fight and asked him to give me Povetkin - or even Whyte. He told me to smash Junior Fa first and then he would look at one of those two for me.

"I want to fight everyone in the top five, but I need to climb the ladder to get back to the top. I want to be champion of the world - a two-time world champion and a unified world champion. I've given myself five years and then I am out."