Joshua-Parker Promoters Setting Summer Fight
According to London’s Daily Mirror, representatives for New Zealand’s Joseph Parker and England’s Anthony Joshua are already discussing a title unification fight for next summer. According to the paper’s Monday edition the fight if agreed upon is being targeted for July at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Joshua had his career defining moment the last time he fought at Wembley Stadium when he stopped former champion Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round in front of a capacity crowd of roughly 90,000 to the huge outdoor venue.
The fight is predicated upon Joshua beating Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on October 28th as mentioned earlier today on FIGHT SPORTS, when Parker’s trainer claimed that he wants his champion to face Joshua next.
Pulev, who has lost only to Klitschko, is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title. The 27-year-old Joshua also owns the IBO and WBA championships.
The 25-year-old Parker remains the WBO champion thanks to a controversial majority-decision victory over England’s Hughie Fury on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Judges John Madfis and Terry O’Connor scored the fight for Parker by the same big margin (118-110), but the third judge, Rocky Young, had it even (114-114).
Fury was the mandatory challenger for Parker’s title. With that mandated defense behind him, Parker is looking forward to challenging Joshua.
“He’s a good champion,” Parker said, “but I’m sure I can bring out his weaknesses.”