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Joseph Parker wants Deontay Wilder, but Jack Massey must come first

Joseph Parker

New Zealander Joseph Parker 30-3 (21) would welcome the opportunity to test himself against American Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42).

Former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, 37, is coming off an explosive first-round knockout of Robert Helenius 31-4 (20) in October, while ex-WBO boss Parker lost his last outing to Joe ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce 15-0 (14) by 11th round knockout in September.

A bout between the two would have to wait though as Wilder is expected to face former unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr 35-2 (22) next, while Parker steps back through the ropes this weekend when he faces Jack ‘One Smack’ Massey 20-1 (11) in a tune-up bout at the AO Arena in Manchester, England on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr 32-2 (23) vs Liam Smith 32-3-1 (19).

“I know Deontay Wilder is coming off a nice win against Helenius in the first round,” said Parker to iD Boxing. “And he showed that he still got that big right hand. If everything goes well, we can make the fight happen.”

The Parker-Massey bout will be broadcast live and free in New Zealand. His manager David Higgins believes there is still a lot of big fights out there for his boxer.

“Because he has achieved so much it is easy to forget that Joseph is still just 31,” said Higgins. “But for a heavyweight that means his best years are still ahead of him. This is an important fight for Joseph against a tough opponent as he looks to get the ball rolling for a huge year in 2023.”

The once-beaten Massey, 29, will be moving up from cruiserweight to take the Parker bout.

“Good on Jack for stepping up to take this fight,” said Parker. “He’s a tough guy who is very skillful and he clearly backs himself. But unfortunately for him he has made a huge mistake. I’ve got a point to prove and he is standing in my way.”

England’s Massey is showing no signs of nerves going into the biggest fight of his career.

“I’m a boxer, I’ve been doing this since the age of 11, it’s what I do,” Massey told GIVEMESPORT. “Yes it’s a big jump and a big ask but I wouldn’t be going into this fight if I didn’t think I could beat him.

“I’ve been in there with heavyweights, I’ve sparred heavyweights throughout my career and I think I am more than capable of getting this job done.

“I think it goes the full ten rounds. Joseph Parker is a big puncher, he’s fast and he’s tough, but I am also a big puncher, I’m fast and I’m tough.

“I’ve never been put down by a head shot ever in my career. I’m going to be there to the end and I think it’s going to be a points win in my favour.

“I won’t give the game plan away but definitely we see a few weaknesses in him, especially in his last fight. That’s there for us to take on the night, we won’t give that away in advance.”

Unsurprisingly, Parker sees a different outcome.

“He can come up to heavyweight but it’s going to be a rude awakening,” said Parker.

“The person in front of me now is Jack and Jack’s been asking for this fight and he’s going to get it.

“The explosive finish is what we all want. He may be a little bit difficult to pin down and I’ve been studying him and he’s a tough, tough guy. But I don’t think he’s at my level.”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​