A clash between heavyweight rivals Joseph Parker and Joe Joyce could happen, BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom has revealed.
Parker has recently signed a new promotional deal with BOXXER and Shalom has made an offer to stage the Joyce fight on Sky Sports.
« We put in a big offer. That’s a fight he [Parker] wants, » Shalom told Sky Sports News. « He still wants the big fights. We put in a big offer to Joe Joyce. »
Joyce is promoted by Frank Warren and boxes Christian Hammer on July 2. Shalom is looking to make the Parker fight later this year.
« I know they won’t want Joe going on the Sky platform but for me it’s a big fight. So why not go raise your profile, have a big fight on Sky Sports Box Office and still get to return, » Shalom said.
« The great thing about Joseph is he wants to fight everyone and I expect him in a big fight in September, October. »
A rematch with Dillian Whyte is another high-profile bout Parker is targeting.
The New Zealander’s next fight will have implications at world level. Parker is a former champion and closing in on another shot at a world title.
« He’s very, very well ranked with the WBO and the WBC. It’s a matter of time, » Shalom added.
« He’s 30 years old. He’s a lot younger than a lot of the heavyweights now and he’s not taken a lot of punishment either. He’s getting better and better with [trainer] Andy Lee. He’s coming towards his prime now. That’s his goal. He wants another world title shot.
« He’s one of the youngest world champions we’ve seen and he wants to do it again. »