Boxing News: “They are welcome to get in touch with me. Yes, we’d fight Joe Joyce,” says Joseph Parker, who is open to a battle with Britain’s WBO mandatory challenger, who would confront the Kiwi “in a heartbeat.” “Sam Jones, his manager, claims
Joe Joyce’s team has been challenged to begin negotiations for a high-stakes battle with Joseph Parker, with the winner advancing to a world heavyweight title match.
After Anthony Joshua defends his world titles against Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office, Joyce is the next in line to challenge for the WBO crown.
However, the British fighter might lose his WBO mandatory challenger status if he fights Parker, who is also ranked highly by the WBO.
David Higgins, Parker’s manager, told Sky Sports: “I believe that being ranked No. 3 in the WBO at this time is a fantastic thing.
“The trick is to stay occupied and continue to win. If you’re up there, the following year or two might be fairly nice after a relatively unsettled era in the division.
“Things could slide about, and for those who are there at the proper time, a world title fight could arise.”
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— Joseph Parker (@joeboxerparker) August 30, 2021
Higgins told Sky Sports when asked if Joyce could be part of Parker’s plans: “Sure, go ahead.
“They are welcome to get in touch with me.
“Yes, we’d go toe-to-toe with Joe Joyce.”
While waiting for a world title shot, Joyce, who will be ringside for Joshua vs Usyk, would love a battle with Parker.
“Nobody will be excited to fight Joe,” Joyce’s manager Sam Jones told Sky Sports. “Unfortunately for them, he’s rated No 1 so someone will have to fight him.”
“We’d jump at the chance to battle Joseph Parker if the opportunity arose.
“Luis Ortiz, Andy Ruiz Jr. There’s a good chance it’ll happen. Joe is open to either of these options.
“We’re excited to start making big, massive fights for Joe now. I’ve stated unequivocally that we only want huge fights, and we’ll get them.”
What became of the rematch between Parker and Chisora?
Parker has yet to get a rematch offer from Derek Chisora, but Higgins has cautioned that time is running out for a rematch to be planned in the coming months.
In May, the New Zealander won a unanimous decision over Chisora.
“Whoever makes sense [for Parker], that’s who it is,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“I believe the Chisora bout was a tight one, and they are both well-known fighters, so a rematch might be in order. We’re only concerned about running out of time.”
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