10 Feb 2017

Wilder sets sights on Parker

4:19 pm on 10 February 2017

The WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder has set his sights on New Zealand's WBO champion Joseph Parker.

Wilder is set to defend his WBC title defence against Gerald Washington later this month but is already talking about a unificiation bout with Parker.

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder

WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder Photo: Photosport

Parker is due to make the first defence of his title against mandatory challenger Hughie Fury in April.

"I want Joseph Parker," Wilder told Ring TV.

"This is how I want things to go and this is what my team has in mind as well - 2017 is all about unifications," said Wilder.

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr.
WBO World Heavyweight Title.

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz Jr. WBO World Heavyweight Title. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"I'm not looking past Gerald Washington. But I look through it. I'm window shopping. After Gerald Washington, we're going after the winner of Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker, which I'm predicting Joseph Parker to win. So, I'm going after Joseph Parker for the WBO title."

Washington, who turned pro only four years ago at age of 30 after just 14 amateur fights, was drafted in at short notice after Poland's Andrzej Wawrzyk failed a doping test.