Joseph Parker

Parker begins climb back to top

It will be Parker's first fight since he lost his unification bout to Anthony Joshua in April.

Parker lost his WBO title in that fight but could face Joshua again in a rematch if he beats Whyte.

Whyte's only loss in his 24-fight career also came at the hands of Anthony Joshua in 2015.

Parker's manager David Higgins is hoping Parker will get to fight in Britain again.

"This is the epicentre of heavyweight boxing in the world. Obviously we came close against Anthony Joshua (but) didn't quite get the win," he said.

Parker's next fight in the US?

American magazine The Ring claims Parker has agreed to fight American Bryant Jennings in Atlantic City on 19 August.

However, David Higgins, head of Parker's promoters Duco, said the bout hasn't been confirmed. He said they were in negotiations with the Jennings camp, but said they had other options on the table including a fight with Russian Alexander Ustinov. Higgins said no deal will be made until the Parker camp are satisfied with the terms.

Joseph Parker's next fight could be in New Zealand

Parker relinquished his WBO world title belt by unanimous points decision to undefeated Englishman Anthony Joshua in Cardiff early last month, the first loss of his 25-fight professional career.

After a holiday in Samoa, the 26-year-old is back in Auckland "running every day" and has begun plotting his next move with promoter David Higgins.

Digicel renews Brand Ambassador Deal with Samoan icon Joseph Parker

The New Zealand based former World Heavyweight title holder first became a Digicel brand ambassador in 2016 and today he has renewed his deal.

Parker, during the signing said he was excited to extend the partnership with Digicel and he’s looking forward to another year of boxing.

Joshua vs Parker: Anthony Joshua completes wide points win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff

The British heavyweight star added the WBO belt to his IBF and WBA 'super' titles as he produced a disciplined display against the rugged Parker to earn a wide unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 at the Principality Stadium.

Joshua's perfect run of 20 knockouts was ended by Parker, who retained his reputation for toughness, but AJ moved one belt away from becoming the undisputed champion.

Joshua beats Parker in Cardiff

Parker pledged to outwork, outbox and outlast Joshua, no doubt garnering encouragement from his opponent's workmanlike showing against Carlos Takam last time out, but it was the 28-year-old Briton who decisively banked rounds down the closing stretch, with his opponent never able to crack the puzzle presented to him by a spearing left jab.

Parker weighs in 3 kilos lighter than Joshua

Introduced to the stage by a combined Samoan and Maori cultural performance, Parker tipped the scales at 107.3kg in front of a crowd of around 4000 fight fans.

The weight represented a loss of nearly 5kg from his last title defence against Englishman Hughie Fury in September.

Joshua's weight had been a significant talking point in the build-up and, as expected, he came in much lighter than he had been for his most recent fight.

The countdown begins to Parker vs Joshua

In every possible way, the 26-year-old boxer from the south Auckland suburb of Mangere is ready to dance and defy the odds in a world heavyweight title unification bout with British superstar Anthony Joshua.

As fit and fast as ever, mentally locked in and, perhaps most importantly, in a composed, confident and relaxed state of mind.

In the words of Parker himself, no stone has been left unturned in pursuit of what bookmakers are suggesting would be a huge upset victory against a powerful and physically imposing opponent.

Profiling Joseph Parker

The New Zealander meets fellow undefeated fighter Anthony Joshua in a unification contest full of intrigue. The only certainty, it seems, is that someone's '0' will have to go.

While Joshua has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic in his career to date, Parker has barely made much of a ripple outside his homeland. However, he poses a serious threat to the Briton's plans to clean up the division.

But how much do you know about the WBO champion? Here we take a look back at his career to date ahead of the big fight in Cardiff.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker fight will make 'history' in Cardiff

WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua meets WBO title-holder Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium.

It will be Briton Joshua's fourth stadium bout but, with 80,000 fans expected, represents a new level of interest for New Zealand's Parker.

"It took me a few times to get used to it," Joshua told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's an experience he hasn't faced yet. It is daunting, it is overwhelming.