Parker wants Joshua, has Browne, Jennings, Povetkin alternatives

The 25 year-old used what many believe to be his next opponent announcement for March, instead to call on Joshua to agree to fight in 2018.

Lucas Browne, Bryant Jennings and a summer showdown in Russia against Alexander Povetkin are all current considerations for Parker, although the New Zealander only had eyes for one man.

“I want to fight Joshua. He has got two belts and I want to test his chin and put on a great show,” Parker said to the gathered media.

“Those Browne, Jennings or Povetkin) fights would be good to keep busy, but the ultimate fight is to fight Joshua. He is the preferred option for us.”

Promoter David Higgins said it was time to get serious with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who also has a constant barrage from WBC title holder Deontay Wilder to deal with.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ was himself named as a consideration for Parker, though, should nothing materialize with Joshua.

“Wilder’s crew put a figure on the table that wasn’t enough. If they put the right money on the table we would go to America and fight Wilder,” Higgins said

“There is no cut-off, it’s a moving feast. We will do a deal when we do a deal. It’s all about doing the right fight at the right time for the right money. We don’t feel under any pressure, we are just running due diligence and looking at the best options for Joseph Parker.”