Despite Joseph Parker’s wish to fight another British heavyweight this summer, the chances of that happening have ‘come down’ according to the New Zealander’s promoter, Sky Sports report.

Parker, 26, lost his WBO belt in a points decision to Anthony Joshua in Cardiff in March.

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However, despite the defeat, Parker made a lot of new fans in the UK, but another fight in Britain seems increasingly unlikely as there has been no fresh contact with a British heavyweight.

A fight with Tony Bellew was thought to be on the cards after he defeated David Haye for a second time in 14 months.

However, the clash now seems unlikely, with Parker’s promoter David Higgins saying:

Joseph Parker and our team thought he looked really good, and slick, when you’ve got pop like that, he doesn’t need to worry about retiring, he actually looked good. To earn respect or legacy, or to be thought of as a heavyweight, you’ve got to beat someone in their prime. I don’t think Tony will do that, so he will go down as a brilliant cruiserweight with a big mouth.

Parker’s next fight now looks set to be staged in his home country of New Zealand, with Russia’s Alexander Ustinov the most likely opponent.

However, after Higgins’ comments about the ‘Bomber’ Bellew, we may see Parker and Bellew share a ring before 2018 comes to an end.