Former world champion Joseph Parker signs with Sky Sports and BOXXER after leaving Matchroom as the Kiwi fighter says he will fight ‘absolutely anyone’ and vows to become a two-time belt holder
- Ex-world champion Joseph Parker has signed with Sky Sports and BOXXER
- Kiwi heavyweight vowed to become a two-time champion with his new team
- Parker formerly held the WBO belt before losing it to Anthony Joshua in 2018
Former boxing world champion Joseph Parker has signed a deal with Sky Sports and BOXXER to become one of their star names as the Kiwi fighter vowed to lift another world title under the group’s guidance.
The 30-year-old has been training with close friend Tyson Fury, preparing him for his heavyweight clash against Dillian Whyte before beating his British rival at Wembley Stadium in April, and now he is turning his attentions to restoring his own career.
Parker held the WBO belt until 2018, when he lost it to British star Anthony Joshua in a unification bout at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, but he is now eager to return to the summit of the sport after putting pen to paper with Sky and Ben Shalom, who has taken over as the exclusive promoter with the broadcaster.
Former world champion Joseph Parker has signed a new deal with Sky Sports and BOXXER
Parker said: ‘In signing with Ben Shalom and BOXXER I’m excited for the next phase of my career, where I will become a two-time world champion on Sky Sports, the best TV platform in sports.
‘I’ve had a great relationship with Sky Sports in the past, with many great fight nights against the leading British heavyweights – I’ll fight absolutely anyone put in front of me.’
Shalom, speaking before Richard Riakporhe’s cruiserweight clash against Fabio Turchi at Wembley Arena, called it a ‘massive signing’, calling Parker one of the best heavyweights in the world.
Joseph Parker (right) said he will become a two-time world champion on Sky Sports
‘This is a massive signing for BOXXER. Joe Parker is one of the best heavyweights in world boxing and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.
‘Every ranking body has him high in their list and now he’s entering his prime, we look forward to taking him back to world title opportunities and some huge events here in the UK.’
Adam Smith, Sky’s head of Boxing called it a ‘major’ deal for the heavyweight division and tipped him to lift a world title again.
‘I am absolutely thrilled that Joseph is joining the new era of Sky and BOXXER,’ he said. ‘This is a major announcement in the heavyweight division!
‘I have known Joe for years – he has always brought entertainment and will fight anyone. Moreover he is a charming gentleman and is revered over on our shores just like he is in New Zealand. We will get right behind Joe as he aims to become heavyweight champion all over again!’
Head of boxing Adam Smith said that he was ‘thrilled’ Parker was joining a ‘new era’ at Sky
Ben Shalom (L), alongside Kell Brook in February, hailed the signing of Joseph Parker as ‘massive’ for BOXXER
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