Exclusive: Joseph Parker admits Tony Bellew interest, backs David Haye for comeback
Current heavyweight title holder Joseph Parker is fully interested in facing Tony Bellew following speculation and social media interaction between the pair.
Parker, who defeated Razvan Cojanu in a voluntary defense earlier this month, has been linked to a massive UK clash with Bellew despite having mandatory duties against Hughie Fury on the horizon.
Fury pulled out of their scheduled bout through injury and the World Boxing Organisation are yet to rule on whether Parker will be allowed to delay the fight further due to the fact the collapse was no fault of his own.
Bellew scored a career best victory over David Haye in his last match-up and is on the lookout for a shot at the sport’s ultimate prize following successful runs at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight.
A clash with the New Zealander fully fits the bill for ‘The Bomber’ and there could be a ton of money in it for Parker as interest spikes through internet beef that the 26 year-old refused to acknowledge as such.
“It’s not really beef with Tony, more that he’s a fighter that’s interested in facing me,” Parker exclusively told World Boxing News.
“It’s another one of those fights we can have, but there are plenty of potential fights out there that we can have and Bellew would be one of those.
“It would also be a massive fight,” he added.
Asked about Bellew’s win over Haye, which some detractors have questioned due to a serious injury suffered by the latter during the fight, Parker was reluctant to take anything away from the former WBC 200 pound champion.
“I can’t really call that (the injury made any difference). Tony Bellew got the victory fair and square. He won on the night so he’s the man who beat the guy who all the fighters wanted to face, so credit to him.”
On Haye’s future, Parker added: “I’m sure David Haye will come back stronger as he’s a great fighter.”
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay