Boxing: Joseph Parker reportedly agrees to fight American Bryant Jennings

Parker. Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker is reportedly set to jump back in the ring.

According to reputed boxing publication The Ring, the former WBO heavyweight champion has agreed to terms to fight American Bryant Jennings in Atlantic City on August 19 (NZ time).

A Philadelphia native, 33-year-old Jennings boasts a professional record of 23 wins (13 by knock-out) and two losses through his eight-year career.

He's currently amid a four-fight win streak and sits at eight in the WBO's divisional rankings, three spots above Parker.

Bryant Jennings.
Bryant Jennings. Photo credit: Getty

His last bout was in late April, when he overcame compatriot Joey Dawejko via unanimous decision.

"This is a chance that most don’t get again,” Jennings told The Ring. "The pace and the back uphill battle is deemed to be a successful one."

However, Parker's promoter David Higgins has warned that the fight still yet a done deal.

"Whilst we are in negotiations with the Jennings camp, we have other real options on the table including Alexander Ustinov," Higgins said via statement.

"No deal will be made on the next fight until Joseph and his team are satisfied with the final terms and a contract has been fully negotiated and signed."

Jennings isn't short on experience against boxing's elite talent, with his two losses coming against Ukrainian great Wladimir Klistchko and highly-ranked Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz.

He shapes as an ideal foil for Parker as he looks to rebound from his unanimous decision loss to Anthony Joshua in their title unification bout in April.

A convincing win should see the South Aucklander firmly back on the road towards title contention.