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Joseph Parker and Bryant Jennings agree to heavyweight bout

Former heavyweight world titlist Joseph Parker and former title challenger Bryant Jennings have agreed to terms for an Aug. 18 fight, Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told ESPN on Tuesday.

The fight, which will be scheduled for 12 rounds, will headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card at the new Ocean Resort Casino, which opens on June 28 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the property previously occupied by the Revel.

"They've both agreed to the fight and the paperwork has been sent to both camps," Moretti said. "It's an interesting fight between two of the top heavyweights in the world. The winner really is positioning himself to be in a better position."

David Higgins of Duco Events, which co-promotes Parker with Top Rank, said they are working to finalize the fight but added "we have other options on the table, including (a fight with) Alexander Ustinov."

Parker (24-1, 18 KOs), 26, of New Zealand, will look to rebound from his first defeat, when he lost his world title belt by unanimous decision to England's Anthony Joshua on March 31 in a title unification fight before 78,000 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Jennings (23-2 ,13 KOs), 33, of Philadelphia, lost a decision challenging then-heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he has won four fights in a row since signing with Top Rank and ending a 20-month layoff in mid-2017. Jennings is coming off a one-sided 10-round decision win over Philly rival Joey Dawejko on April 28.

The co-feature of the Aug. 18 card has not been determined, but Moretti said that Top Rank is looking at two possibilities, either a fight involving junior featherweight world titlist Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs), 23, of Ghana, making his first defense, or one with Philadelphia super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (24-1, 20 KOs), 28.

In a fight of the year candidate, Dogboe rallied from a first-round knockdown to knock out Jessie Magdaleno to win a 122-pound world title on April 28 in Philadelphia in the main event of the card on which Jennings beat Dawejko.

Hart, who lost a hard-fought competitive decision challenging super middleweight world titlist Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez in September, has won two fights in a row by knockout since, including a seventh-round stoppage of Demond Nicholson on the April 28 card in Philadelphia.