Parker Ready To Fight “Anyone” In Return

After an illness caused allegedly by a spider bite, Joseph Parker is set to return to the ring next month in the United States.

Parker was set to fight Dereck Chisora back in October prior to falling ill due to the aforementioned arachnid attack during his training camp in Las Vegas, where he’s expected to return for training camp in the next few days.

“There are concrete plans, which it’s not my place to announce,” promoter David Higgins told Sky Sports. “But there is a date and a venue, and it’s the opponent we’re waiting on.

“We’ve been told it will be late February and the United States is what we’re told. We’re just waiting on who the opponent is.”

Over a year removed from losing the WBO heavyweight championship to Anthony Joshua, Parker had only one fight in 2019, when he stopped Alex Leapai in June, and with a new promoter in Eddie Hearn, Parker and Higgins hope for a chance to reclaim heavyweight gold in 2020.

“It will be someone decent. Joe had a good win over Alex Leapai who fought (Wladimir) Klitschko for a world title, and he won convincingly,” said Higgins.

“It’s another step-up. He’s ranked at two now by the WBO, so it’s basically another step towards a better opponent and then after that, should he get a good win, which I think he will, then challenge one of the big boys – Wilder, Fury.

“Joe will fight anyone.”

Report: Sky Sports

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