Joseph Parker to return to the ring in December in Christchurch

Former WBO heavyweight boxing champion Joseph Parker is to return to the ring in Christchurch on December 15.

The 26-year-old has had a tough year losing his WBO title to Anthony Joshua in April in Cardiff by decision, then losing his next bout to fellow British heavyweight Dillian Whyte in July in London by points decision.

Parker's opponent for the December bout is set to be announced in the coming weeks, with the fight set to ahead at Horncastle Arena on December 15.

"Whoever they put in front of me I need to get the job done - and get it done well," Parker told Radio NZ.

"Having experienced what it is like to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and then come back down again after a couple of tough defeats, I'm more motivated than ever to get back on top.

"I could have, and should have, won that fight (against Whyte), but that's boxing.

"It's now time to get back to work. I can't wait to fight again in Christchurch. I've got really good memories from my last time there (a fourth round KO of Solomon Haumono in July 2016)."

Parker's trainer Kevin Barry says they are in strange position in the heavyweight division, but he is eager to get his fighter back to the top of the division.

"After a five-year undefeated run that took Joseph all the way to winning the WBO world title, we now find ourselves in very unusual territory - coming off back-to-back losses," said Barry.

"Joe has never been in this position before and needs a top performance."

The Kiwi has now suffered back-to-back defeats after yesterday's loss.
Source: 1 NEWS