Joseph Parker will next fight Joe Joyce to become the main challenger to winner Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua | boxing news

Heavyweight rivals Joseph Parker and Joe Joyce will battle next as they vie to become the main contender for winner Oleksandr Usyk against Anthony Joshua.

Joyce and Parker are ranked challengers No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the WBO rankings, whose belt is one of three that Joshua and Usyk will contest in their epic rematch on August 20, live and exclusive on Sky Sports ticket office.

Parker held that WBO belt, losing it to Joshua in 2018. The New Zealander is now determined to become champion again. Taking Joyce to position himself for a possible title shot is a crucial step along the way.

“On Saturday September 24, Manchester fans will see the best of me. And Joe Joyce will see exactly why I will be the heavyweight champion of the world again with BOXXER [his promoter]“, Parker said.

“I’ve been working hard with my trainer Andy Lee, everything’s going well and I’m feeling really good. I’ve been patiently waiting to start this fight and let me tell you now, the ‘Juggernaut’ journey ends here. there’s nowhere to go. Run.”

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Joseph Parker has become a social media star with his home videos. (Video: @joeboxerparker)

But Joyce is a formidable opponent. An Olympic silver medalist in 2016, he made a solid and remorseless rise up the heavyweight division, preventing Daniel Dubois from winning the British and European titles and beating keepers like Bryant Jennings, Carlos Takam and more recently Christian Hammer.

“That fight went on for a long time,” Joyce said. “Parker realized he had nowhere to go and ultimately had to take this fight. No 1 against No 2. The winner goes on to fight for the world title. It’s going to be an amazing fight and you see why he tried so hard to avoid me.”

Doing the Joyce-Parker fight, scheduled for September 24 at the AO Arena in Manchester, also represents a significant moment of collaboration between BOXXER, which promotes Parker, and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, which represents Joyce.

BOXXER’s Ben Shalom said Aerial sports: “I think there’s been a lot of talk about Joseph Parker avoiding fights and avoiding fighters, that’s never been the case with Joseph Parker. You can see in his resume you can see he wants the biggest fights absolutely all the time, everything he can. It’s always the same. He wanted to sign with us. He knew we could give him priority in the heavyweight division and now we want the biggest fights for him. Joe Joyce is his biggest target. He’s in the number one position with the WBO and it’s a huge fight.”

“We’re working with the Warrens to make this fight happen,” Shalom continued. “What I hope that shows, and I’ve spoken to George Warren and Frank [Warren] about it is that we don’t want to be seen to stop the fights.

“He tries to put sport before business. Try to make the big fights happen, try to make sure you don’t stop them from happening. We want this to show that Queensberry, BOXXER and Sky can work together when it makes sense and when the fighters deserve to have their fights. It will be on BT Sport [Box Office].”

Shalom hopes that cooperating on these lines can unlock the possibility of making other big fights between the two promotion houses.

“If there is a rematch, it will be on Sky Sports Box Office,” Shalom said. “We can see where it’s going. It’s the most sensible way to go. They’ve got big names in the heavyweight division, they’ve got fighters our guys are going to want to fight for years to come.

Anthony Joshua (left) beat Joseph Parker in 2018.

“I hope it shows, yes there’s a lot of competition in boxing right now, yes there’s a lot of broadcasters. But if the promoters are sensible, it could be a golden time for boxing where the fights get done if the promoters are ready.”

Warren said: “It’s the perfect test of Big Joe’s world championship titles and victory over Parker would propel him into the upper echelons of the division and right into the mix with Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.”

“It’s a fantastic fight that really gets the heavyweight ball rolling,” he added. “As it turned out, it took a bit of time, but it’s a match between two fit, quality heavyweights fighting to be first in line for a world title.”

As Usyk and Joshua fight for three major heavyweight titles on August 20 and WBC champion Tyson Fury considers his next move, contests like Joyce-Parker will keep the rest of the weight class active.

“With a bit of luck [the other heavyweights] don’t wait for their opportunity to fight for world titles, but they are starting to fight,” Shalom said.

“It keeps this heavyweight division moving, a huge opportunity for Joseph Parker. I think he has what it takes to beat Joe Joyce, I think it might be bad style for Joe to fight Joseph Parker than we know to be tough, who we know is fast, we know there are ins and outs, who will be hard to hit and I think it’s going to be an interesting night.”

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