Boxing: Joseph Parker's speed provides path back to heavyweight title, says Sergio Mora

Former WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora believes Joseph Parker's speed can lead him back to boxing's heavyweight title.

Parker returns to the ring against Junior Fa at Auckland's Spark Arena on February 27 - his first fight in 367 days - with his eyes firmly planted on climbing back to the top of the heavyweight mountain.

Parker came up short against WBC, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a 2018 unification bout, and hasn't fought a top-10 fighter since July of the same year, when he lost to Dillian Whyte in a slugfest.

But he still possess the skills to reach the heights of December 2016, when he outpointed Andy Ruiz for the WBO strap, according to the 40-year-old Californian known as 'The Latin Snake'.

Speaking to Newshub, Mora - now one of the sport's leading analysts with DAZN - believes Parker's fast hands and exceptional movement sets him aside from the rest of the division.

"The first I watched [Joseph] Parker live was the Anthony Joshua fight and I was super impressed," Mora says.

"Yes, he came up short, but he was the first guy to go the distance with Joshua and Parker's style forced the champion to adjust the gameplan that had seen him decimate the entire division.

"Parker has the type of speed that kills. His chin is something special and he is a true warrior with the Pacific Island spirit.

"I can see him right back in the mix with a couple more wins. It's the heavyweight division - anything can happen and Parker impresses me."

Another fighter that impresses Mora is undefeated lightweight Ryan Garcia. Tipped as one of boxing's next superstars, the undefeated American faces his toughest test on Sunday against former Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell.

Mora will be ringside for DAZN on fight night and he believes a fight-of-the-year candidate is on the cards.

"[Luke] Campbell is the real deal," Mora says. "He has credentials that Garcia has never seen before.

"I know he's lost a couple of fights, but we are talking about [Jorge] Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko - two of the very best guys in the world.

"Campbell is slick and has that British toughness about him. I just can't see Garcia running through him inside a couple of rounds, like he has everyone else."

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Garcia has 17 stoppage wins in 20 fights, including 16 inside four rounds, showing off power that is unheard of in the lightweight division.

"He is a very gifted fighter and I can see him at the top of the division in the years to come," says Mora. 

"But Campbell will be in his face and will try to push the pace, and stay inside and out of Garcia's range. That is a style that Ryan hasn't really seen before, so it will be a big test for him against a technically smart guy, who legitimately has the ability to cause him problems."