Joseph Parker makes several career announcements, confirms next fight

Ringside 31/05/2019

📸 Lawrence Lustig

Joseph Parker has announced the next move in his career after leaving Duco Events on the back of a victory at the back end of 2018.

Recently training with Tyson Fury, Parker is ready to build on a previous reign as a world title holder.

Team Parker can confirm that the former WBO heavyweight champion has signed a three-fight promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

Promoter David Higgins has been appointed to Joseph Parker’s management team.

Parker will take on American Eric Molina on June 29 in Providence, Rhode Island on the undercard of the WBO middleweight world title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Maciej Sulecki.

The bout marks the beginning of the second phase of Parker’s career. Also the start of the road to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

Higgins said: “This is absolutely the right decision for Joseph and Team Parker. I have supported it every step of the way. I’m pleased that I can now work with Joseph’s existing management team to help carefully guide the remainder of his career.”

Furthermore, Higgins confirmed the creation of a new company. Sports Advisory and Management Limited, with his business partner Rachael Carroll, a former international pole vaulter.

The company will manage and advise a stable of talented athletes, he said.

Parker has been in camp in Las Vegas preparing for the showdown with Molina (27-5) since early April.


Team Parker head trainer Kevin Barry said Parker was in tremendous shape after maintaining an excellent regime since his last fight. A spectacular knockout victory over Alexander Flores in Christchurch in December 2018.

“Joseph is primed and ready for the next stage of his career,” Barry said. “He knows what lies ahead. Eric Molina has twice fought for the heavyweight championship of the world, and has been in the ring with both Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

“So this is the perfect challenge for Joseph. And one that he is ready for,” he added.

The fight will be streamed on DAZN and available on SKY Sports UK. Negotiations are underway for live broadcast rights in New Zealand.