Joseph Parker suffered an elbow injury in his split decision victory over Derek Chisora, which will be assessed before a possible rematch can be negotiated.
The British heavyweight called for an immediate comeback fight after Parker overcame a first-round knockdown to defeat Chisora on points in Manchester on Saturday.
But Parker needs a reexamination of his troublesome right arm, just months after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips in both elbows in December.
“Joe told me he injured his elbow halfway through,” Parker’s manager David Higgins said. Sky Sports.
“He didn’t say it publicly, I don’t know if he will, but he told me.
“He’s going to have his right elbow checked, because maybe that’s why you didn’t see the gust at the end when Chisora was on the ropes.”
“Joseph, he has a little problem that he’s going to be looked into and hopefully resolved. Hopefully it’s a minor issue.”
Parker previously needed surgery on both elbows before his points loss to Anthony Joshua in 2018.
Higgins says the former WBO champion may be open to a rematch with Chisora, who wants him to be staged on the lower card for the anticipated bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury this summer.
“Of course that has to make sense,” Higgins said. “Only an idiot would fight if it didn’t make sense.
“But if the time is right and the economy is good, then why not? Joseph will fight anyone.
“As long as the opportunity exists and the conditions are right, then it’s absolutely an option, but it will really be up to the people who control this Joshua-Fury fight.
“I guess it’s going to be Eddie Hearn on one side, then Frank Warren, Bob Arum on the other, and what they want this undercard to look like.
“A few conversations and analyzes need to take place before this is a real option. I’ll be in the conversation this week, to see what’s possible.”
Chisora expressed dismay at the judges’ verdict, having received only a solitary score of 115-113, while Parker took the win with results of 115-113 and 116-111.
“I thought it was close, but I thought Joseph won,” Higgins said.
“I was hoping the officials would call it that and they did. I don’t think there was any theft from Chisora.
“Yeah, the first-round reversal put them in the lead, but Joe looked pretty calm and caught up over time, so in the end I thought it was a narrow win for Joe.
“I’m just relieved the officials called it that.”
Parker had teamed up with new coach Andy Lee just weeks before the fight, and Higgins praised the Irishman’s influence.
Joseph is convinced that if they fought again, he would make Chisora a faster and easier job.
“I thought he was more shy than he was,” he said.
“Signs of his early return. He slid to the side avoiding Chisora.
“A little calmer than he has been lately. There are certainly encouraging signs that are telling us that with more time with Andy Lee he will improve further.
“Joseph has new tools with Andy. I think you’d expect to see him even calmer and put the emphasis on what he’s built in that first fight.
“Joseph is convinced that if they fought again he would make Chisora a faster and easier job.”