New Zealand’s’ heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (18-0-KO16) has issued a challenge to Anthony Joshua. Parkers’ management have stated that they have enquired to Eddie Hearn about fighting Joshua (15-0-KO15)
The two up and coming fighters would be well advised to steer clear of each other at least until they have moved further up the rankings otherwise somebody’s unbeaten record would have to go.
Eddie Hearn has said that he has been inundated with requests to fight Joshua but they all have to form a queue. Although far from being the most experienced in the division, Joshua does possess massive potential and star quality, which inevitably makes him a money generating machine.
David Haye, Tyson Fury, Derek Chisora and Malik Scott have all called Joshua out. At present he is still looking for his next opponent with possibly Chisora being the most likely.
Finland’s Robert Helenius was being touted, as Joshua looks to claim the European crown, however Helenius could vacate which means Chisora v Joshua would be for the prospective vacant European Heavyweight Title.
The problem I see with Joshua at this present point in his career, is that he is not ready to challenge the elite fighters just yet but he is too good for the rest, so how does he keep active or does Eddie Hearn throw caution to the wind and put him in with a dangerous opponent, in which case, Parker might fit the bill. We know all about AJ, but……
WHO IS JOSEPH PARKER?
- Name: Joseph Dennis Parker
- From: New Zealand – Now living and training in Las Vegas, USA.
- Record: 18 Fights, 18 Wins, 16 by KOs
- Age: 24
- Height: 6′ 4″
- Weight: 265lbs
- Stance: orthodox
- Reach: 76″
- Pro achievements to date: Heavyweight Champion of New Zealand, also holds the OPBF, WBA Oceania, WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council, WBO Africa and WBO Oriental titles.
- Amateur: Competing in the 2010 Commonwealth Games and narrowly missing qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
- World rankings: Currently ranked 3 by the WBO, 7 by the WBC, 11 by the WBA, 9 by the IBO and 7 by the IBF.