JOSEPH PARKER wants to knock out Derek Chisora in England before defeating the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Joe Joyce as he plots his return to the world title.
The former WBO champion, 28, lost his title to Anthony Joshua in March 2018.
Now he has outlined his plans for an exciting 2021 and an attempt to climb back to the upper echelons of the heavyweight division.
Joseph Parker has outlined his exciting plans for 2021Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
He hopes to face Derek Chisora in the UK this summerCredit: PA:Press Association
The New Zealander’s first task is to get past Junior Fa in Auckland on Saturday.
A victory would set-up a rescheduled clash against Chisora after their original 2019 clash was cancelled when Parker suffered a spider bite.
Usyk and Joyce are already in talks about a WBO interim title fight.
And Parker says he is being lined up to face the winner of that.
He told Sky Sports: “I’m open to fighting anyone, but with the talks from my promoter, Eddie Hearn and Matchroom and with [manager] David Higgins, they’ve got a clear pathway for me this year.
“Take care of Junior, then fighting Chisora, then fighting the winner of Usyk and Joyce.
“There is a path and it’s quite exciting that there’s a path, because a lot of fighters want to know what they’re going to do after their next fight. But again, the focus is on Junior because if I don’t get past him, there’s no point even looking at those fights.”
Parker has only lost twice out of his 29 career fights, with both of these setbacks coming on British soil courtesy of AJ and Dillian Whyte.
However, he is relishing the prospect of potentially heading back to England this summer to face Chisora once crowds are allowed back.
Parker added: “I love the UK. I love the media, the respect, so welcoming to our team. We’ve gained a lot of friends and supporters there.
“In a perfect world, I’d love to take care of business on Saturday then come to the UK and take care of business, then not far off that, fight for the world title.”