Joseph Parker's handlers eye top-10 showdown

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Last updated 05:00 10/08/2014
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BIG DREAMS: Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker hopes to follow in Joe Frazier's footsteps and become a heavyweight champion of the world.

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Joseph Parker's handlers will have a special interest in today's main event in Philadelphia as they plot a way forward for the fast-moving Kiwi heavyweight.

Parker and fellow Kiwi Robbie Berridge appear on the undercard of a seven-fight promotion headlined by Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov against American Derric Rossy.

Unbeaten Glazkov, the IBF No 2, has been offered up as a potential opponent for Parker.

That comes from a blossoming relationship between Parker's handlers Duco Events and long-time American promoters Main Events who are the force behind today's card.

Glazkov is on Main Events' books and they'd be happy for him to enter the ring with Parker.

Duco are looking for a top 10 opponent for Parker to front December's Fight For Life, though it's unlikely to be Glazkov.

He might be a step too far for Parker right now though Duco boss David Higgins believes he could be worked into their plans for next year if things run smoothly.

Glazkov isn't a huge man and Parker, the WBO No 15, didn't shy away from the prospect of fighting him when he eyed him up at Friday's media session at the Sands Casino.

"It would come down to skills and we would certainly look at Glaskov as we move forward," Higgins said.

"It's another good sign for Joseph. We're certainly enjoying working with Main Events, they are good people."

Higgins and partner Dean Lonergan were continuing talks with Main Events boss Kathy Duva over the weekend.

Tomorrow they head to New York for meetings with American broadcasting giants HBO and Showtime.

Later in the week they switch coasts, for meetings with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and Michael King, the man behind King World Productions who launched the Oprah Winfrey show and is now pouring millions of dollars into boxing.

King, under the banner of King Sports, staged his first event at a converted plane hangar in Santa Monica in April, adding a Hollywood twist with actor Kevin Pollak hosting a show mixing comedy with five fights.

Steve Jones, guitarist for the British punk band Sex Pistols, played the American national anthem with electric guitar. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Ray Mancini were amongst a celebrity-filled crowd.

King's fighters aren't top level but his aim is to put on well-matched bouts between boxers who will mature before viewers' eyes.

King recently said he was now dedicated to patiently changing the sport.

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King boxed as a youngster and is a lifelong fan of the sport. He has become disappointed at the decline in the American fighters, particularly heavyweights, and has even been helping the national amateur organisation with their preparations fro the Rio Olympics.

Duncan Johnstone travelled to the United States courtesy of Duco Events

- Sunday News

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