Joseph Parker has signed a three-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA and announced his next fight.
The 27-year-old heavyweight, who has only lost to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, will likely return against Eric Molina on the undercard of Demetrius Andrade vs Maciej Sulecki, June 29 in Providence, Rhode Island.
He joins an extensive stable of heavyweights Hearn works with including Joshua, Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk, Murat Gassiev, Michael Hunter, Filip Hrgovic, Zhilei Zhang, Sergey Kuzmin, David Price and Dave Allen.
Parker said: “My six-year promotional contract with Duco Events ended on March 26. It was a wonderfully successful partnership – so much so that David Higgins will always be part of my team, advocating in my best interests in a management capacity.
“Since my contract with Duco ended I have been a free agent, with my team and I spending several months assessing how to best achieve my goal of not only becoming a world champion again, but unifying all of the belts to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
“Ultimately we decided that the best option was to partner with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing. We believe the three-fight deal that we are announcing today will be the start of a long and successful partnership.”
Hearn added: “If Joseph Parker performs the way we all know he can over these next three fights then he will have a strong case for another shot at Anthony Joshua.
“And, I must say, I am also looking forward to sparring again with my old mate David Higgins as we haggle over the terms of each deal for Joseph.
“David unquestionably has Joseph’s best interests at heart and he is a tough negotiator, so there are going to be some interesting discussions ahead.”