Joseph Parker admits his next fight will be away from New Zealand if he retains WBO belt on Saturday
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 06/05/17 11:49am
Joseph Parker fuelled speculation about a fight in Britain after admitting he will say "farewell" to New Zealand following WBO title defence against Razvan Cojanu.
The WBO champion makes the first defence of his belt against Romanian Cojanu in Auckland at 11am BST, live on Sky Sports, and promotional team Duco Events admit they are keen on a unification clash with Anthony Joshua, or a bout against Tony Bellew.
Parker will give away a sizeable weight disadvantage this weekend as he tipped the scales at 17.6st, with Cojanu weighing in at 19.6st after replacing the injured Hughie Fury.
The WBO are yet to confirm whether Fury will remain the mandatory challenger for Parker, but the unbeaten 25-year-old expects to head away from his home country if he retains the belt he won with a points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December.
This is probably our last fight in New Zealand for a long time so we want to say goodbye.
"We love fighting in New Zealand; we love the support but it's going to be our farewell fight and we're going to make it a good one," he told www.stuff.co.nz.
"The weight is good. I feel like I am sitting down on my punches and throwing hard and fast so I'm looking forward to putting on that display tomorrow night.
"This is probably our last fight in New Zealand for a long time so we want to say goodbye."
Watch Joseph Parker's WBO heavyweight title defence against Razvan Cojanu from 11am on Sky Sports 3.