Boxing: Kiwi Joseph Parker continues comeback on Fury v Ngannou undercard in Saudi Arabia

Joseph Parker & Tyson Fury.
Joseph Parker & Tyson Fury. Photo credit: Getty Images

Former WBO world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will continue his boxing resurrection on the undercard of Tyson Fury's next fight at Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Parker, 31, suffered the third defeat of his professional career - and first knockout - against Brit Joe Joyce last September, and has slipped to sixth among WBO contenders for a crown now held by Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.

As he takes a circuitous route back to title contention, the Kiwi will take on Canadian Simon Kean, who brings a 23-1 record to the bout on October 29 (NZ time).

As an amateur, Kean, 34, contested the super-heavyweight division at the 2012 London Olympics, reaching the second round, while his only loss in pro ranks came against fellow Canadian Dillon Carman in October 2018, a result he avenged eight months later.

Nicknamed 'The Grizzly', he last defeated Mexican-American Eric Molina by seven-round stoppage in March.

Since falling to Joyce, Parker has handled comparative unknowns Jack Massey by unanimous points and Faiga Opelu by first-round stoppage, as he awaits his next big break.

Meanwhile, Fury won't put his WBC belt on the line against mixed martial arts exponent Francis Ngannou, who is a relative novice in the boxing ring.

The Cameroon fighter is a former UFC heavyweight champion and still held that title, when his contract expired in January 2022 and was not renewed.

Fury, 35, has taken the fight to stay active, while matchmakers work on a unification bout between him and Usyk.