Via Charles Brun: WBO 1st heavyweight contender undefeated Joe Joyce is keen to take on No 2 Joseph Parker next for a possible London bout at the O2 Arena.
Joyce management contacted Parker promoter David Higgins about pitching a fight between two highly ranked WBO contenders.
For Parker to have a chance to beat Joyce 6’6 ″, he has to fight with more fierceness than he showed in the last two games against top laner Dereck Chisora.
Parker’s lack of killer instincts made the two fights against Chisora harder than they should have been.
Parker, 30, has other targets his leadership is targeting in the United States against Andy Ruiz Jr, Luis Ortiz, Deontay Wilder or Michael Hunter. Team Parker wants to make Parker a big name in America, similar to Tyson Fury, who has fought his last five fights in the United States since 2018.
‘The Juggernaut’ Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) wants to return to the ring soon, as he has been sitting inactive since last July when he stopped 41-year-old former world title challenger Carlos Takam in the sixth round at Wembley Arena.
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) last fought on December 18 when he defeated British athlete Dereck Chisora by unanimous decision in the 12th round in Manchester, England .
Although the fight seemed to be one-sided, the umpires surprisingly scored it: 114-112, 115-111 and 115-110.
The win for New Zealand’s Parker was his sixth straight win since being beaten in consecutive games against Dillian Whyte in 2018 in the United Kingdom.
Parker’s loss to Joshua was an odd one as he was able to get to AJ due to referee Giuseppe Quartarone pulling him away every time he got in range of the punch. It was a strange thing to watch, as it seems Parker was fighting the two inside the ring that night. Joshua and the referee.
During Parker’s loss to Whyte, he finished the entire fight roughly and looked like Dillian got away with murder.
“One competitor could be Joe Joyce,” Parker’s manager Higgins told Sports sky.
“The Joyce team contacted us and said they would make an offer in writing. Both sides have discussed the May timing, so we’ll see what that offer looks like. ”
“If we don’t think their offer goes up, then I’ll be more against their offer and we’ll control its promotion. Or co-promote with a third party.
“I think Joseph Parker will win because I think he looks better fighting by match. He will work sensibly with Joyce and take him away. A winner could be mandatory for the WBO,” said Higgins.
It’s been a fraught fight for 36-year-old ‘Juggernaut’ Joyce to carry out, with long layoffs. You can’t take Joyce’s win over Takam as real ring action because that guy is too old and not near the level of the top heavyweights in the tournament.
“I’m in the United States at the moment, and Joseph Parker has signaled that he wants to do what Tyson Fury did and come to America and beat the Americans,” Higgins said. “Not many Britons have done that.”
It’s not realistic for Parker to try to repeat what Fury did in winning America with his fight in that country. Firstly, Parker isn’t a giant heavyweight at 6’3″, and he’s not dominating the way Fury does.
Until last year, Parker fought once a year, wasting his time against lesser fighters. In 2021, Parker fought three times, defeating Chisora twice and Junior Fa.
While those are pretty good second-rate heavyweights, they are world-class boxers and at this point in Parker’s career he only needs to fight the high-ranking contenders. instead of pedestrians.
“Joseph has said he will fight any big name and high-ranking American, from Deontay Wilder to Andy Ruiz, Luis Ortiz to Michael Hunter, any of them that we will be looking at. ,” said Higgins.