Joseph Parker to take on Eric Molina in next bout as heavyweight announces three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
- Joseph Parker made a series of big announcements on his career on Friday
- The New Zealand fighter will take on American Eric Molina in his next contest
- Parker has agreed to a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing
Joseph Parker has announced his next opponent after agreeing a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The New Zealand fighter will face Eric Molina on June 29 in Providence, Rhode Island on the undercard of the WBO middleweight world title fight between Demetrius Andrade and Maciej Sulecki.
Parker, who lost the WBO belt to Anthony Joshua in 2018, is determined to rebuild his career to the point where he can become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Joseph Parker has announced a three-fight promotional deal to join Matchroom Boxing
The New Zealand fighter is keen to win back belts after losing the WBO title to Anthony Joshua
Having made the decision to leave Duco Events for Matchroom, Parker is confident this is the start of pushing him back up the order in the division.
‘My six-year promotional contract with Duco Events ended on March 26,’ Parker said.
‘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.
Hearn is confident that if Parker wins all three bouts, he could get another shot at Joshua
‘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.’
Eddie 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.
‘There’s certainly unfinished business there, so this is a really exciting signing for Matchroom.
‘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.’
Molina has been in the ring with both Joshua and Deontay Wilder and Team Parker feel this is the best bout for him as he looks to earn another title shot.
Parker was victorious in his last fight when he overcame the challenge of Alexander Flores (R)
After back-to-back defeats against Joshua and Dillian Whyte, Parker won his latest contest against Alexander Flores to take his record to 25 wins and two defeats in his professional career.
‘Joseph is primed and ready for the next stage of his career,’ Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said.
‘He knows what lies ahead. Eric Molina has twice fought for the heavyweight championship of the world. So this is the perfect challenge for Joseph – and one that he is ready for.’