Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is hoping for a better year in 2023.
Parker suffered his first knockout loss of his career in September when he was dropped and stopped by unbeaten banger and Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce. The defeat ended the New Zealand fighter's six-fight winning streak. Parker's record now stands at 30-3, with 21 knockout victories.
Parker is set to return to the ring on January 21 in Manchester, where he will face big underdog Jack Massey in a rematch. Their fight will be part of the undercard to Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Liam Smith on Sky Sports Box Office. Parker would like to avenge some of his previous defeats if he can win.
In a unification fight in 2018, he lost a twelve-round decision to Anthony Joshua.
Joshua will look to rebound in the early months of 2023 after losing two decisions to Oleksandr Usyk. Parker's team contacted Joshua to see if he was interested in a rematch, but they never heard back.
"It would be nice to get a rematch with Joshua, a rematch with Dillian Whyte and probably in the future, a rematch with Joe Joyce," Parker told Seconds Out.
"I like to fight those guys that I lost to. Before I flew here and before I locked in this fight, my manager put in a message to Joshua's team and asked if they wanted to have a rematch.
"We had no reply but we're still trying to chase those fights, those rematches and it would be awesome if we can. It's just up to each fighter and their team."
Do you think Parker has the tools to correct his decencies in the boxing ring and get revenge with the boxers he lost against?