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PARKER HOPING FOR ANOTHER RETURN TO THE UK

Joseph Parker plans a trip back to the UK with the winner of Dillian Whyte-Derek Chisora in his sights as a fight with Oleksandr Usyk does not make ‘economic sense’, says his promoter David Higgins.

The 26-year-old from New Zealand was talked about as a potential opponent for Usyk, who is expected to step up to heavyweight after his explosive knockout victory over Tony Bellew.

But Duco Events boss Higgins has made it clear that the Ukrainian is not part of any immediate plans as Parker is waiting to see whether Whyte or Chisora emerge victorious from their rematch at The O2, whilst taking a stay busy fight against Alexander Flores in the mean time.

Asked about a rematch with Whyte, who pipped Parker to a points decision in July, Higgins was quoted as saying: “It would definitely be unfinished business.

“Usyk, he’s got more work to do, to build a fan base in the UK. What I mean by that, Joshua has got a gigantic fan base, he’ll fill stadiums, Dillian Whyte has proven that he can fill The O2 Arena.

“Usyk, very impressive and clinical, but I think he’s got to string together more impressive victories and build a fanbase before the fight makes economic sense.

“From our perspective, no question Usyk is elite, but fighting the winner of Whyte-Chisora would make probably more economic sense, but also there is unfinished business.

“I believe Joseph, on his day, would beat Chisora or Whyte.”

Chisora also has added motivation to defeat the South Londoner, having lost a controversial split decision defeat in 2016, and Higgins believes the heavyweight from Finchley could become an alternative opponent for Parker if he pulls off another spectacular win.

“A lot of people are saying that Dillian should win the fight, but you never know,” said Higgins.

“People were saying that Chisora would be cleaned up by Takam, and it was an exciting match-up, and the way it finished, you can never write anyone off. I certainly wouldn’t write off Derek Chisora.

“Whyte-Chisora could go either way, and if Chisora did come through, then I’m sure our camp would happily look at Chisora.

“Joseph is only worrying about his next fight in December, which is Alexander Flores, a puncher with only one loss and 15 knockouts.

“It’s a serious fight, but I’m looking at Whyte-Chisora. From our perspective, the winner would make an exciting match-up.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn hasn’t dismissed the possibility of another fight between Parker and Whyte, but a shot at long-term rival Anthony Joshua for the world title could be next for the 30-year-old from Brixton, if he defeats Chisora.

Hearn has been quoted as saying “Parker will probably fight Whyte again at some point of his career, but the focus for Dillian is to beat Chisora and then fight Joshua,”

Watch the rematch between Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora, live from The O2, London, on December 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

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