Joseph Parker in frame for big bouts in the US

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 05:05 24/08/2014
Joseph Parker
Getty Images
KIWI HEAVYWEIGHT: Joseph Parker is keen to bring one of his fights to Christchurch, the home town of his well-known trainer Kevin Barry.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Johnstone: Where to now for Dean Barker, Team New Zealand? Dean Barker out, Team New Zealand retain bulk of crew 'Concrete pills' get Jake Robertson through race with broken wrist Dean Barker: I am absolutely gutted in way I have been treated Black Sox pitchers Nik Hayes and Heinie Shannon withdraw from trial in Hamilton American-based pitcher with Kiwi heritage Kim-An Quinn has been named in the New Zealand Junior White Sox squad World champ jets in for west coast surf event Dean Barker not ready to give up sailing but admits he and Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton aren't 'mates' Michaela Curtis determined to improve fitness Dean Barker's axing of little surprise to worldwide media

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.

Ad Feedback

- Sunday Star Times

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content