Boxing: Joseph Parker denies COVID-19 reports, despite link to Tyson Fury's coronavirus cluster

Joseph Parker has confirmed he is COVID-19 free.

The Kiwi heavyweight boxing star is currently in Las Vegas, helping Tyson Fury's prepare for a WBC title defence against Deontay Wilder.

That bout has been pushed back to later in the year, with confirmation that the Brit tested positive for COVID-19 last week and reports that Parker was also infected.

ESPN reported Parker and trainer Andy Lee were among those in Fury's inner circle that had returned positive tests, but the former WBO heavyweight champion has confirmed to Newshub the reports are false.

Parker, who attended UFC 264 in Las Vegas on Sunday, says he was given the all clear on the weekend. 

"I found out I had COVID in the paper," Parker says of the ESPN report.

"Before I went to the fights, I returned a negative test. Everything is all good here with me and my family."

Parker is currently without a fight booked, although Newshub understands a rematch with Derek Chisora is likely for September or October.

Earlier this month, Parker told Newshub he was confident he would get the job done against the veteran slugger for a second time and then move onto bigger things in the division.

"Derek won't change his style," Parker said. "With my improvements and now having a taste of what he brings, I know I can counter that and put him away when the moment comes.

"That's [WBO] the route for us to go down - beat Derek in a convincing fashion, then see who wins between [Anthony] Joshua and [Oleksandr] Usyk, and hopefully fight the winner."