'I'm ready for war' - Joseph Parker targets Dereck Chisora as ticket back to boxing's big time

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is welcoming a possible clash with British counterpart Dereck Chisora, believing victory could fast track his return to the top of the boxing world.

Having returned to form with a knockout win over Alexander Flores in December last year, Parker finds himself a step further on the comeback trail, having been defeated by both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in 2018, surrendering his WBO heavyweight title in the process.

December's win has seen Parker's name thrown around by Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn, targeting the Kiwi to appear on his upcoming April bout in London, fighting on the undercard for Whyte at the O2 Arena.

In an interview with TalkSport, Parker says that he's more than willing to fight Chisora, hoping to earn another crack at one of heavyweight boxing's championship belts.

"I think that fight throws me straight into the mix again," he said.

"Chisora's a guy who's been around for a long time, got a lot of experience. I think at the moment my team is focusing on Chisora.

"There's other options, but I think that's the one that sort of stands out to us at the moment.

"I think as long as it makes sense for both teams I'm happy to go ahead. I'm ready for war. I know he likes to go to war."

New Zealand boxer Joseph Parker knocks out USA's Alexander Flores. Source: Photosport