New Zealand coach David Higgins said Joseph Parker will consider obtaining a FIFA final elimination against Philip Hergovich to win a world title match against Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury.
Hergovich was due to face Michael Hunter in a match to determine the mandatory competitor of the IBF, but the American missed the deal deadline, and Parker is the next available candidate in the FIFA rankings.
Kiwi is also ranked # 3 by WBO, with Joshua currently holding IBF, WBO, and WBA belts, and Higgins will rate Parker’s best route to another world title fight.
Higgins said, “It depends on the show.” Sky Sports. “Son [Hrgovic fight] Something we have to discuss as a team and assess the risks and rewards.
“Joseph clearly ranks fairly high in three of the four credible penal bodies. He doesn’t need to rush into a bad fight with one of them, but if someone needs to call and make an offer, that will always be considered.”
“The [Parker] You will honestly confront anyone, anywhere, if this is the right opportunity and the right time.
The offer must be placed on the table for it to be considered. “
Joshua’s united belts will be on the line in the undisputed world title battle against WBC Champion Tyson Fury, which is expected to be confirmed this week.
But Higgins acknowledged that Joshua and Fury had to fight back-to-back, which meant the mandatory contender would not get a world title opportunity in the near future.
“Every heavyweight tries to be a world champion and then unite or defend him, so that’s the plan of course,” Higgins said.
“I don’t know what contracts for Fury and Joshua are. We are talking about two fights, but I don’t know when, so I think anyone who’s bound should be waiting in the queue and might have to perform the serve. Others are needed first.”
“It depends on lying on the ground. I think even if you did end up in a mandatory position, you might still be waiting a year or more to get a title, depending on what happens.”
Parker previously became a mandatory contender for the International Boxing Association by defeating Carlos Takam in 2016, but then turned his attention to the vacant WBO belt, beating Andy Ruiz Jr. on points to become the WBO champion later that year.
The 29-year-old made two defense of the WBO title before losing a point in a reunion clash with Joshua in 2018.