Parker Signing with Matchroom, AJ Rematch Possible
Joseph Parker is on the move, as the former WBO world heavyweight champion will leave DUCO promotions for Matchroom Boxing.
In a press conference set for Friday afternoon, Eddie Hearn will announce Parker as the latest heavyweight name to sign with Matchroom and DAZN, as Parker looks for another crack at a world title.
Parker was heavyweight champion for 15 months until losing to Anthony Joshua in 2018, and if he looks strong in his opening dates with Matchroom, a crack at Anthony Joshua may be waiting.
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) May 31, 2019
“If Joseph Parker performs the way we all know he can over these next three fights then he will have a strong case for another shot at Anthony Joshua,” insists Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s longtime promoter whom will now handle the reins for Parker for at least his next three fights, as per the terms of their new deal. “There’s certainly unfinished business there, so this is a really exciting signing for Matchroom.”
Parker will have the first fight of this reported three fight deal on June 29th, as he will face Eric Molina in the undercard of Demetrius Andrade’s middleweight title defense against Maciej Sulecki.
Parker has yet to fight since a third round knockout of Alexander Flores in December, bouncing back from consecutive losses to Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
“My six-year promotional contract with Duco Events ended on March 26,” noted Parker. “It was a wonderfully successful partnership – so much so that David Higgins will always be part of my team, advocating in my best interests in a management capacity.
“Since my contract with Duco ended I have been a free agent, with my team and I spending several months assessing how to best achieve my goal of not only becoming a world champion again, but unifying all of the belts to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”
“Ultimately we decided that the best option was to partner with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing,” explained Parker, who has fought two of his last three fights inside a Matchroom ring. “We believe the three-fight deal that we are announcing today will be the start of a long and successful partnership.”
Report: Boxing Scene