Boxing: Joseph Parker's camp deny reports of heavyweight fight date with Joe Joyce

Joseph Parker's camp have been quick to squash reports the Kiwi heavyweight has locked in a fight date against Brit Joe Joyce.

On Sunday (NZ time), Parker and Joyce squared off ringside at Wembley Stadium, before Tyson Fury's successful WBC world heavyweight title defence, with Joyce taking to social media to announce the fight would happen in July.

But Parker's manager David Higgins told Newshub that - while Parker remains interested in taking on Joyce - the two are yet to agree terms on the bout and they're till open to offers from other potential opponents.

Joe Joyce.
Joe Joyce. Photo credit: Getty Images

"Contrary to widespread reporting, there is no deal yet for Joseph Parker to fight Joe Joyce," Higgins said.  

"Joseph does want the fight, yes, but it won't happen until a contract is fully negotiated and signed by all parties on terms Parker is happy with. 

"Right now, we are not there yet and Parker remains a free agent, open to any offers."

The fighters' respective camps have been engaged in ongoing contract talks, since Parker's win over Derek Chisora in December.

Joyce won a silver medal at the 2016 London Olympics and has reeled off 13 straight wins since turning professional. Most recently, he scored an impressive 10th-round knockout over Daniel Dubois and also boasts a sixth-round TKO over Carlos Takam, whom Parker beat at Auckland in 2016.

Parker is coming off consecutive wins over Englishman Derek Chisora and is currently riding a six-fight win streak.