Joseph Parker in frame for big bouts in the US

17:46, Aug 23 2014
Joseph Parker
KIWI HEAVYWEIGHT: Joseph Parker is keen to bring one of his fights to Christchurch, the home town of his well-known trainer Kevin Barry.

Joseph Parker's handlers hope to have the Kiwi heavyweight boxer fight on America's lucrative pay-per-view networks next year.

Duco Events bosses Dean Lonergan and David Higgins met with HBO and Showtime in New York following Parker's US TV debut on NBC where he showcased his skills with a knockout of journeyman Keith Thompson.

Lonergan described the meetings - where it was made clear that Parker was on their radar - as "very positive" .

"We had very good hearings with senior executives. We are hopeful of getting Joe on one of them next year. Both are keen to ramp up the heavyweight division," Lonergan said.

The pay-per-view boxing market has been dominated by smaller fighters Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao, with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, taking the biggest heavyweight fights to European audiences.

With Vitali having stepped down to open up the WBC belt which is now held by Canadian Bermane Stiverne, the US networks anticipated an exciting competition among the next wave of fighters, with Parker very much in that mix.

Parker is in New Zealand this week for promotional work alongside Sherman Williams, his Bermuda opponent for his next fight in Auckland on October 16.

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