Boxing News At Five | Nov 13 2018

Boxing News at Five: Parker targeting Whyte rather than Usyk, and shrinking ‘Bean’ fights rugby star ‘Beast’ in the name of obesity awareness

David Higgins says Oleksandr Usyk needs to build fan base before Joseph Parker makes "economic sense", and Manu ‘The Beast’ Vatuvei swaps rugby for boxing
Joseph Parker
Joseph Parker

NEW ZEALAND heavyweight contender Joseph Parker has, in the space of eight months, gone from WBO world heavyweight champion to a man without a title looking to halt a two-fight losing run.

There is no shame in losing to either Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte, of course, but they were defeats all the same and now Parker, set to return to the ring on December 15, is desperate to get back in the win column.

As well as losing a couple of fights this year, Parker has also been mentioned as a possible opponent for cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk, should the gifted Ukrainian decide to make the jump to heavyweight in 2019.