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'The title shot will come' - Duco boss expecting huge 2019 for Joseph Parker

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker's career could be headed back to the UK on his road to redemption, according to promoter and Duco Events boss David Higgins.

Having returned to form with a knockout win over Alexander Flores last month, 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.

Speaking to Sky Sports UK, promoter Higgins made it clear that his fighter is eyeing redemption on British soil, targeting another title tilt before his career's through.

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The Kiwi boxer is set to face Mexican-American fighter Alexander Flores on Saturday in Christchurch. Source: 1 NEWS

"It depends on the deal. Joe's biggest markets are New Zealand and the UK. Despite having a couple of losses in the UK, he's picked up a lot of fans there, a lot of respect," Higgins said.

"He's been on two massive pay-per-view shows in the UK. The UK is a very good market, and so absolutely we would fight in the UK, but it depends on the opponent and the deal."

Higgins also said that his job as a promoter has been made even tougher by Parker's performances in the UK, but could turn to Matchroom counterpart, Eddie Hearn for help.

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The Mexican-American boxer said at today's press conference that he loves NZ coffee and has about 2-3 hot cups a day. Source: 1 NEWS

"The problem I have is they know Joe is dangerous. He's in that category where on his day, he'll beat anyone, and so I've got some tricky manoeuvring to do. I probably will give Eddie a ring and try and discuss a plan going forward."

"We would take another title shot as soon as it comes our way. We can't really plan it, we have to keep fighting, winning and manoeuvring.

"The title shot will come...I'm expecting a massive year for Joseph Parker."

Parker's next fight options could include a rematch with Dillian Whyte, who defeated the Kiwi by decision back in July 2018.

Joseph Parker knocks out Alexander Flores (USA black/gold shorts) during the Duco Events/Flooring Xtra Parker vs Flores, Heavyweight Boxing contest, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand, 15th December, 2018. Copyright photo: John Davidson / www.photosport.nz
Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker knocks out Alexander Flores in Christchurch. Source: Photosport