Parker’s promoters want Wilder unification bout next

Newly-crowned WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoters, Duco Events, want their man to face WBA title holder Deontay Wilder next year for a unification fight.

On Saturday, the 24-year-old New Zealander won the WBO title by a majority decision win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Duco Events' director David Higgins confirmed they are seeking clarity on whether Parker is required to face Hughie Fury in a mandatory defence, adding that they were very interested in a title unification fight against Wilder.  

"If we are required to fight Hughie Fury, then that simplifies things a bit," Higgins told Sky Sports.

"We are clarifying that at the moment. If the opponent is required to be Hughie Fury then we'll assess the pros and cons of holding it in England versus holding it in New Zealand, and we wouldn't rule out either.

"We would consider all options. The other thing is to reach out to Al Haymon's people about Deontay Wilder, potentially seeking to unify all of the belts.

"My understanding is that if we go to unify, it potentially overrides the mandatory, so that means we have options. We are not scared of anyone, we're not going to look to pad or dodge – we want to unify."

Anthony Joshua, who crushed Eric Molina in three rounds this past weekend to set up a fight with Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 at Wembley, was initially expected to face Parker until plans changed but despite this Higgins feels a Parker-Wilder fight would be a welcome addition to the Joshua-Klitschko undercard.

"Whether Eddie Hearn is willing to have two heavyweight title fights on the one card, we don't know," said Higgins.

"We could have Wilder-Parker and Joshua-Klitschko on the same card and then the winner of each fight could fight off against each other.

"I guess the other wild card option is if Tyson Fury sorts himself out and wants a shot back at his belt because I think the WBO said once he is fit again, he could ask for a shot back. Once again that is something we would look at."