Joseph Parker’s manager David Higgins insists the heavyweight from New Zealand will regain his position in the rankings and fight for a world title again: “It’s an interesting question, but we would hope to go back to No 2.”
But Parker, with a victory over fellow New Zealander Junior Fa in February, should enter the top two according to his manager Higgins who told Sky Sports: “You have to look at the resumes of the two fighters [Parker vs Joyce].
“Joseph Parker is a former WBO world champion. He has got some wins on his resume, including Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz and Alexander Dimitrenko.
“He took Anthony Joshua the distance. If Joe beats Junior Fa – and remember Fa is the current WBO No 6 – so if Joe beats Fa, I think on balance of the evidence, he would have to go to No 2.
“But obviously we would lobby the good people of the WBO and that would be at the discretion of their ratings committee.
“It’s an interesting question, but we would hope to go back to No 2.”
The No 1 ranked Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for the WBO title held by Joshua, who is in talks to fight Tyson Fury in 2021, in a battle to decide the division’s undisputed ruler.
Contenders are lining up in case Joshua is forced to vacate his WBO belt in order to push through a fight with Fury, with the WBO eager to enforce Usyk’s mandatory right as Joshua’s next fight.