Joseph Parker has revealed that he still harbours hopes of securing a future heavyweight title rematch against Anthony Joshua. The 26-year-old New Zealander has endured a difficult six months in boxing as he lost his WBO belt to Joshua via a unanimous points decision in Cardiff at the end of March, although he did become the first man to avoid a stoppage defeat against the unbeaten 28-year-old in the process.
Parker’s bid to secure an immediate chance to earn another title bid also ended in frustration when he returned to the UK to face Dillian Whyte at the end of July but narrowly lost on points at the O2 Arena.
He must now watch as Joshua goes up against Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night and he is tipping the British boxer to pass what is expected to be a tough examination.
And Parker is not dismissing the possibility that he can work his way back into a position where he will get a second chance against Joshua, despite current WBC champion Deontay Wilder being the next expected port of call for him early in 2019.
Parker told Sky Sports. “I will be observing their styles closely. I expect Joshua to win, but anything can happen in boxing.
“It is frustrating. I would have loved a rematch with Joshua at Wembley, and I believe I am still in the frame, being the only pro to take him the distance.”
He added: “Another 30 seconds and I would have beaten Dillian Whyte and would be fighting Joshua at Wembley. But that’s boxing and I must earn my way back.
“I will fight someone before the end of the year.
“As for Whyte, everyone wants to see a rematch and we should have got it on straight away. We will fight Whyte again as soon as he is willing.”