Joshua expected to defend title against Parker

Anthony Joshua is expected to face New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in the second defence of his IBF heavyweight title.

Joshua will be involved in a championship bout on November 26 and promoter Eddie Hearn has been considering potential opponents for the unbeaten British fighter.

Hughie Fury – cousin of world champion Tyson Fury – was one of the names in the frame, but the two parties have been unable to agree terms and Joshua is now likely to go head-to-head with mandatory challenger Parker.

Presuming Parker prevails in a fight with Alexander Dimitrenko on October 1, Hearn expects a clash with Joshua to be formally announced at the end of next week.

"Is Hughie Fury the right fight? It's a domestic fight. Obviously it's got the back story – or the future story with Tyson Fury,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We bounced some numbers around and we're light years away from expectancy levels from both sides. I think that's unlikely.

"If they want to take the fight, they are looking to cash in beyond their value, and I understand that. I can't see that one happening on November 26.

"Joseph Parker is there and the plan was to build the Parker fight over here. I think that's a huge fight, but as time goes on, Joseph Parker looks like he will be the man.

"Obviously he's fighting Dimitrenko next Saturday. All being well, I think Joseph Parker will be the guy for November 26.

"We've got a few things to tie up, but their team are relatively easy to work with. We don't have a deal in place, but we have the basis of a deal in place that I think can work for everybody."