Parker Outlines 2018 Wishlist
WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker has a three fight target list for 2018.
The undefeated New Zealand star is currently in negotiations to fight one of those targets, WBA, IBF, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) for the early part of next year, likely on a date in March or April.
A deal to face Joshua is reportedly “closer than ever” – according to Parker’s promoter, David Higgins and Parker knows where the money is.
“I’d like to fight Joshua in the UK as that’s where the draw card is,” Parker told Will Kent. “I’d also like to fight Wilder in America in Vegas and then I’d like to fight Tony Bellew. Those are the fights I want to make happen in 2018.”
Parker views Bellew as a big money fight, and says his team were negotiating with him the rematch with David Haye was cancelled. The rematch between Bellew and Haye was originally slated for December 17th, but fell out after Haye suffered a training injury. It has since been rescheduled for May 5th.
“I’d love to fight Tony Bellew,” Parker said. “We had discussions to fight when David Haye pulled out of the fight but we weren’t in a full camp so not able to jump in and fill his place. I feel like if I had a great camp and prepared for Tony Bellew I could put on a great fight and beat him. Hopefully we can make something happen.
“But again it comes down to both teams being happy. I know he’s a massive draw card so we would have to sit down and negotiate how we’re going to split things but I feel it’s a great possibility to fight in 2018. He’s a great fighter but he’s a cruiserweight coming up to heavyweight. I have better skills and a little bit more power.”