Parker win over Fury would effectively make Bellew v Haye rematch a WBO title eliminator
The winner of a soon-to-be announced heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye will get a shot at the WBO title, provided Joseph Parker comes through his defence against Hughie Fury.
Parker faces Fury in a mandatory clash, nine months in the making at Manchester Arena in the UK following a maiden world championship win over American slugger Andy Ruiz Jr. back in December.
Should the New Zealander fend off the challenge of fellow-undefeated puncher Fury, WBN has learned of an agreement being in place for Parker to face the winner of Bellew v Haye II.
Bellew and Haye have been reported to be ‘in talks’ for a December clash on the back of their debated March affair, although WBN understands the fight is far more advanced at this stage.
An announcement could be made next week and depends on all parties agreeing to a date at the O2 Arena in London. All Saturday’s are currently taken at the London venue, leaving promoter Eddie Hearn with a potential headache and a difficult decision to make.
Following public talks with both Bellew and Haye’s teams earlier this year, it’s been proposed Parker faces whomever comes out on top in his voluntary defence, possibly in the late spring or early summer of 2018 at an outdoor UK venue.
Bellew and Haye will be avid viewers when it comes to Parker facing Fury in two weeks’ time as the 25 year-old champion attempts to seal what will be a career biggest payday for the WBO ruler.
It’s then highly possible the eventual champion, whether it be Parker, Bellew or Haye, will earn the right to tackle Anthony Joshua in a unification, should the Olympic gold medallist keep his own record perfect in the meantime.
Joshua is currently scheduled to fight Kubrat Pulev before Luis Ortiz or Deontay Wilder next year.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay