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Parker features in heavyweight future talk

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/04/2017

Joseph Parker is featuring prominently in talk about the unification of the world's heavyweight boxing belts.

The Kiwi 25-year-old was a fascinated observer as Briton Anthony Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko in London on Sunday (NZT) to add the WBA title to his IBF belt.

The thrilling 11th round knockout win at Wembley leaves Joshua, Parker (WBO) and American Deontay Wilder (WBC) as the champions of the recognised divisions.

All three unbeaten fighters have spoken of a desire to unify the belts, with 31-year-old Wilder (38-0) especially vocal at ringside in London about his desire to beat firstly Parker, and then Joshua.

"I want to get that WBO belt in 2017," Wilder said.

"Once I obtain that belt and get rid of a mandatory then at the end of the year, or maybe the top of next year, I see a big unification fight. A mega-fight between me and Anthony Joshua.

"This division is so hot now and it would take it to the next step if we have only one champion."

Parker has the less glamorous task in Auckland on Saturday of defending his title against little-fancied Romanian Razvan Cojanu.

With mandatory challenger Hughie Fury having pulled out at late notice, it is unclear what awaits Parker (22-0) if successful against Cojanu.

He has 2012 Olympic champion Joshua (19-0) in his sights, claiming to have picked up some chinks in the 27-year-old's armour at Wembley.

"I was analysing what I could've done against both fighters," Parker said.

"I guess Joshua is the man to beat and he got off the canvas and showed heart but I think every fighter has things they have to work on, weaknesses and strengths.

"I feel like I have to get past this next fight and I look forward to sitting down and planning a fight with him in the future."

Any fight against Joshua is now a money-spinner after the 27-year-old's win in front of a crowd of 90,000 captured global attention.

Joseph Parker will fight for the WBO heavyweight title on December 10. It's been a quick rise up the ranks for the Kiwi who is undefeated after 21 fights, with 18 wins by KO. Joseph Parker's road to the title
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