Boxing: Joseph Parker's brand, not future hurt by drug scandal, says broadcaster Brendon Telfer

Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker's alleged involvement in a major international drug syndicate will be a blow to his brand, but likely won't affect his professional future in the ring.

On Friday, the 29-year-old was sensationally linked to a drug-trafficking syndicate, after losing a two-year battle for name suppression.

The former WBO world champion has not been charged during the case, but many questions remain unanswered.

Veteran broadcaster Brendon Telfer says if he had been convicted, the outcome would've been very different.

"He can travel anywhere he wants to in the world still," says Telfer. "But if he'd had a criminal conviction, he wouldn't be able to enter the United States, not even to train or to box.

"Effectively, his professional career would have died."

Parker is currently in the United Kingdom, linking up with new trainer Andy Lee, before beginning preparations for his next fight, rumoured to be against fellow heavyweight contender Derek Chisora.