Promoter Eddie Hearn, who recently signed former world champion Joseph Parker to a three fight deal, would like him to face veteran Derek Chisora in the month of November.
This past Saturday night in Providence, Parker took much longer than expected to stop one-time world title challenger Alex Leapai in a battle of Samoan fighters.
“I thought Joe was really sharp, really good,” Hearn told IFL TV. “I think after about three rounds, he decided the risk wasn’t worth it and coasted through the rest of the fight. He slowed down and took his time.”
After the fight, Parker said that he would like to get in the ring with either Dillian Whyte or Anthony Joshua, and would even like a rematch with Andy Ruiz.
But Hearn likes the idea of having Parker face Chisora, on the undercard to the big rematch between Joshua and Ruiz.
There are several possible options for Parker, but Hearn likes the idea of Chisora most.
Chisora still has to win his upcoming fight with Artur Szpilka of Poland.
“We can push on from here and Parker v Chisora on the AJ undercard in November makes perfect sense,” Hearn said.
“Loads of fights make sense – Alex Povetkin, Oleksandr Usyk, Michael Hunter… Murat Gassiev is a really good fight for him. Loads of fights, but I really like the Chisora fight, if Derek gets through his July fight.”
Parker did admit that it took him longer than expected to put Leapai away.
“I got more rounds than I expected,” Parker told IFL TV. “I haven’t been in the ring for half a year and I felt a little rushed at the beginning, because I wanted to get him out of there.
“Once I started boxing, I was able to pick my shots and he really took some big shots, but he’s a really tough dude. He [Leapai] has a lot of heart and showed a lot of determination just to keep going. I think if I had stepped back and picked my shots, been a little bit more patient in that first round and landed some cleaner shots, I think he would have fallen. But it is what it is and I got some really good rounds under my belt.”