New Zealander Joseph Parker moved up in the world rankings recently with his latest win and the UK's Anthony Joshua is on his hit list. ________________________________________________________________________________ 24 year old Parker (18-0-16KO) recorded his most recent win last month when he scored a TKO win over Jason Bergman in Samoa. However calls for both him and fellow heavyweight prospect Joshua (15-0-15KO) to…
Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua Could Fight Sooner Rather Than Later, Takam Next For Parker
The exciting heavyweight pool of talent in boxing has taken another swirl, with heralded New Zealand young puncher Joseph Parker assigned his toughest test to date when he takes on Carlos Takam next in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator, the same belt being fought for between American Charles Martin and the UK’s Anthony Joshua in April.
Fans have already been speculating over a potential showdown of the two young heavyweights Joshua and Parker, should they both come through their next fights.
No official date or venue has been announced just yet for the Takam fight for Parker, but his trainer Kevin Barry (former Olympic silver medalist) broke the news on Twitter.
It is an exciting announcement for anyone who has been following the happenings of the heavyweight division in recent months, where new big men have emerged on the world scene in both the form of new champions, and new contenders starting to break through into the top echelons of the world rankings.
The news that Parker has an opportunity to fight for an eliminator for the IBF heavuweight belt, and potentially fight Anthony Joshua later in the year should Joshua get through a tough fight in Martin (and should Parker beat Takham), further accelerates the growth spurt of this new blood in the heavyweight division and adds another spice to the mix in what is already an intriguing year lined up for the weight class.
Takam (33-2-1-25KO) is no pushover for Parker (18-0-16KO) mind you, and has certainly the power necessary to test the chin of Parker, and answer any doubts on his punch resistance at top level. And Joshua must first win the IBF heavyweight title from Martin before a collision with Parker could happen.
Here is what Parker’s trainer had to say on the announcement via Twitter: