TwitterFacebook

David Higgins eyes homecoming bout for Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker 24-1 (18) could return to the ring in his home country of New Zealand after suffering his first career loss to unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 21-0 (20) in Cardiff, Wales in late March.

The 26-year-old Aucklander has just returned from a holiday in his ancestral home of Samoa and has been running every day as he plots his next move with his promoter David Higgins of Duco Events.

The plan is for Parker to return in late July or early August either in the United Kingdom or on home soil against a world ranked contender.

See Also

“The absence of a good opportunity in the UK would necessitate looking at New Zealand and whether we can mount a credible promotion here with a big name opponent,” said Higgins to Radio NZ.

Despite losing his world title to Joshua, Parker lost no fans with his competitive performance against the 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medallist and Higgins is keen to capitalise on his high profile.

“[Joseph’s next opponent] is someone that’s big and tall, because a lot of the top guys are big and tall and he can learn from his mistakes [against Joshua],” he said.

“It’s ideally someone in the top 15 or top 10 of the sanctioning bodies and someone with a name that’s promotable.”

A dark horse in the equation could be the winner of this weekend’s heavyweight clash between former cruiserweights Tony Bellew 29-2-1 (19) and David Haye 28-3 (26). The two Englishmen met a year ago in a fight that Bellew won by eleventh round technical knockout after Haye ruptured his Achilles tendon in the sixth round, eventually prompting his corner threw in the towel in the penultimate round.

“Look, I don’t think either would be willing to fight Joseph because they’d be worried about losing,” said Higgins. “But I think we’d be willing to fight the winner or the loser [of that fight].”

Parker’s last two fights have taken place on British soil. He last fought in New Zealand last May when he successfully defended his WBO heavyweight title against late replacement Razvan Cojanu in Manukau City in a lacklustre bout that he won on points.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Josh Taylor doubts Jose Carlos Ramirez fight will happen without…

Josh Taylor doubts Jose Carlos Ramirez fight will happen without a live crowd

WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 16-0 (12) doesn’t believe a fight with WBC and WBO 140-pound champion Jose Carlos Ramirez 26-0 (17) will take place without a live gate. The 29-year-old Scottish southpaw is…

Jason Moloney insists Naoya Inoue is not unbeatable

Jason Moloney insists Naoya Inoue is not unbeatable

Australian bantamweight contender Jason ‘Mayhem’ Moloney 21-1 (18) insists WBA and IBF champion Naoya ‘Monster’ Inoue 19-0 (16) in not unbeatable ahead of their clash at ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 31. The 28-year…

Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos ready to battle it out…

Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos ready to battle it out for cruiserweight supremacy on Saturday

The long-awaited cruiserweight final of the World Boxing Super Series takes place this weekend when Mairis Briedis 26-1 (19) meets Yuniel Dorticos 24-1 (22) at the Plazamedia Broadcasting Center in Munich, Germany on Saturday night. The fight will…

Luis Nery ready for super bantamweight, Danny Roman looking to…

Luis Nery ready for super bantamweight, Danny Roman looking to knockout Juan Carlos Payano

Former WBC bantamweight champion Luis ‘Pantera’ Nery 30-0 (24) is looking forward to his all-Mexican, all southpaw showdown with Aaron Alameda 25-0 (13) on the undercard of the Charlo twins super show at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecti…

Brandon Figueroa and John Riel Casimero both promising knockouts in…

Brandon Figueroa and John Riel Casimero both promising knockouts in title defences

WBA ‘regular’ super bantamweight titleholder Brandon ‘The Heartbreaker’ Figueroa 20-0-1 (15) and WBO bantamweight champion John Riel Casimero 29-4 (20) are both promising knockouts when they appear in separate undercard bouts on the Charlo twins doub…

Jermell Charlo out to steal the show against Jeison Rosario

Jermell Charlo out to steal the show against Jeison Rosario

WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo 33-1 (17) is looking to steal the show when he clashes with WBA and IBF 154-pound champion Jeison Rosario 20-1-1 (14) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Saturday night. The fight…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US