Joe Joyce’s team are “hoping to land” a bout with former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker in the UK after “making good progress” in negotiations.
The British candidate could risk his WBO No 1 ranking against Parker, the former WBO champion, as both sides come close to finalizing a deal.
Joyce (13-0) has recovered from a hand injury that delayed his return after a stoppage-time win over Carlos Takam, while Parker (30-2) is eager to build on his best score in his career before Derek Chisora.
Adam Morallee of SJAM management, who guides Joyce’s career, told Sky Sports: “It’s been a big fight. We’re still negotiating – it’s not done yet but good progress is being made. .
“It’s the biggest fight other than the top 4 are fighting. It’s the biggest fight in the heavyweight division right now.
“We hope we can land it and we hope we can land it in the UK for UK fighting fans to see Joe Joyce continue his way to the top. of the tournament.”
Negotiations between Joyce and Parker’s representatives come as some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division prepare to meet in the wars in the coming months.
WBC champion Tyson Fury is set to defend his title against Dillian Whyte on April 23 at Wembley, while Anthony Joshua will attempt to regain the WBA, IBF and WBO titles from Oleksandr Usyk in a rematch match, with the summer date expected to be confirmed in the near future.
Joyce had previously expressed a willingness to take on Joshua, the former Olympic athlete of Team GB, in the event that Usyk is unable to fight due to Russia’s invasion of his native Ukraine.
Parker, meanwhile, has been in Fury’s camp to help the WBC champion prepare for his fight with Whyte later this month.
With Joyce at the top of the WBO leaderboard and Parker one spot behind him, the winner will be positioned to take the world title ahead of the winner of Joshua’s rematch with Usyk.