The promoters of Kiwi heavyweight boxing sensation, Joseph Parker, are surprised the handlers of Anthony Joshua, and Wladimir Klitschko have not bothered to read the WBO rules as talk intensifies about their rumored heavyweight title ‘unification’ bout in November.
If Tyson Fury is stripped of his belts, which seems likely after allegedly testing positive for cocaine, then, under the WBO rules, the 24-year-old Kiwi, will be the first boxer to be offered an opportunity to fight for the title.
Section 20 (see below) clearly states that if the World Championship is declared vacant, the two Best Classified Contenders Available, as determined by the Championship Committee, will be given the first option to negotiate a contract for the title.
Parker has been ranked number one in the WBO heavyweight division for the last eight months, (see below) and is also the mandatory number one challenger to Joshua’s IBF Heavyweight Title.
Only Harry Potter could pull off a WBO world title fight between Joshua and Klitschko, and the last time I looked, fast Eddie (Hearn) wasn’t holding a wand,” said Parker’s promoter Dean Lonergan today.
“As for Bernd Bonte, he’s arrived on the scene as the evil wizard Voldemort but he won’t be able to conjure a miracle.”
Fighting Parker is not an attractive prospect for anyone after the 24-year-old sent a chilling warning throughout the division over the weekend, destroying 6’7” giant, Alexander Dimitrenko inside three rounds.
Parker had Dimitrenko down in the first round, and two more times in the second, before finishing the 34 year off, in the third.
The Russian, who is physically bigger than Joshua or Klitschko, went into the bout with a 38-2 record, with only one previous knockout loss to Kubrat Pulev, in the 11th round four years ago.
“Joe has positioned himself is a high risk, low (financial) reward fight for Joshua and Klitschko,” said Lonergan.
“Whether Joe fights AJ for the IBF title, or we fight for the vacant WBO title, one way or the other, he’s going to be fighting for a world title before the year is out.”