Boxing: Joseph Parker poised for marquee heavyweight showdown with hard-hitting superstar Deontay Wilder

Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.
Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder. Photo credit: Getty Images

Kiwi Joseph Parker is reportedly on track for a blockbuster heavyweight showdown with American heavy-hitter Deontay Wilder.

According to multiple reports, the South Aucklander will square off with the former WBC heavyweight champion in Saudi Arabia on December 23.

The pair will be part of an event headlined by Briton Anthony Joshua's bout with Otto Wallin.

Parker (26-3) will return to the scene of his last contest, knocking out Simon Kean in the third round of their fight in Riyadh as part of the Tyson Fury-Francis Ngannou undercard last month.


It was Parker's third straight victory since his KO loss to Englishman Joe Joyce last September.

Wilder (43-2-1) hasn’t fought since his first-round demolition of Robert Helenius in New York City last October – his first and only fight after losing successive championship bouts against Fury in October 2021.

The Alabama native held the WBC title for five years, during which he cemented a well-earned reputation as one of the most powerful punchers on the planet.

The 38-year-old would represent an enormous step up in quality for Parker, who has struggled to recapture the form that saw him win the WBO world title back in 2016.