Boxing: Parker to fight in Palmerston North

Joseph Parker (R) fights Jason Pettaway (L). Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker’s next bout will be in Palmerston North on Saturday, June 13.

The 23-year-old announced the date via social media today, although no opponent has been confirmed.

“We’re fighting in Palmerston North, Arena Manawatu, on June 13,” Parker said in an online video. “I’m so excited to fight there. I always get great support so I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.”

Parker, who jumped to No 8 in the WBO’s pecking order in the latest update to the world rankings this week, last stepped in the ring when he knocked out American journeyman Jason Pettaway (17-2) in Auckland earlier this month.

The 23-year-old Parker (13-0) is also ranked 10th in the WBA – he isn’t recognised in the top 15 of boxing’s two other major sanctioning bodies the WBC and the IBF – but his handlers are known to be keen to push him within those organisations.

Parker, who holds a collection of regional titles, is in Las Vegas currently but will soon head to Florida to join undisputed world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for three weeks of sparring.

Klitschko (63-3) will put his belts on the line when he meets undefeated American Bryant Jennings (19-0) in New York next month.

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