The two best heavyweight prospects in boxing are England’s Anthony Joshua, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Joseph Parker of New Zealand.
Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) is the first of the duo to land a world title shot, getting the opportunity to challenge titleholder Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) on April 9 in London.
But Parker might not be far behind, because he is one win away from getting a mandatory shot against the Martin-Joshua winner.
The IBF on Wednesday ordered Parker (18-0, 16 KOs), 24, and Carlos Takam (33-2-1, 25 KOs), 35, of France, the organization’s leading available contenders, to meet in a title elimination bout.
According to Duco Events, Parker’s promoter, both fighters have agreed to participate in negotiations to make the bout. They have about three weeks to make a deal or a purse bid will be ordered.
Because neither fighter is permitted to fight between now and the eliminator, Parker, who was scheduled to go on April 17, had that bout scrapped. Duco Events said it hopes to put on Parker-Takam in New Zealand in May.