JOSEPH PARKER is hoping to land a rematch with Anthony Joshua after his fight with Derek Chisora.
The 29-year-old takes on Chisora at the Manchester Arena on December 18 hoping to extend his win streak to six.
Despite the outcome of his fight with the 39-year-old currently unknown, Parker is already plotting his next move in the heavyweight division.
Parker wants a rematch against Joshua, who despite losing the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles to Oleksandr Usyk, is still one of the top heavyweights.
The former WBO heavyweight champion lost to AJ by unanimous decision in 2018 but hopes he can one day get revenge on the Brit.
He said: “The most important thing is keep winning, win, win, win, and put myself in a position where I fight for the world title when it becomes available.
“But if I do well in this fight and put in a great performance, then I’m willing to fight anyone in the top rankings.
“I think that’s the only way to be – if you fight people who are above you, that’s the only way to fight for the world championship.
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“So, yes, I want to fight Joshua again. He’s the perfect opponent.
“We had a first fight it wasn’t he most exciting fight but I think we can make it exciting if we face each other again.”
Despite the loss, the 29-2 Kiwi was the first opponent to take Joshua the full distance, ending the Brit’s 20-fight knockout streak.
And becoming the unified heavyweight champ of the world is still very on Parker’s to-do list.
He continued: “It was good to take him to the distance and be the first person to do that, but for me going into the fight I really wanted to win.
“In saying that, though, I was beaten by the better man on the day. Joshua, to me, was the better man that day, the way he boxed the way he controlled the distance.
“But when I left that fight I wasn’t angry or upset with myself.
“I just knew at that point I need to make adjustments, a few changes.
“It was cool going the distance but it would’ve been a lot better winning the fight and becoming the unified champion of the world, which is still a dream of mine that I’m trying to chase.”
Parker believes he now has the confidence to be ‘successful’ against Joshua having stepped into the ring with him before, which he says will allow him to be more ‘aggressive’.
But the hard-punching heavyweight concedes he will have to ‘take more risks’ if he is going to get ‘back to the top’ of the heavyweight mountain.
Parker concluded: “I feel like I’m going to walk back to the top.
“We will face each other again and I would absolutely love the opportunity to fight Anthony Joshua again, because I’ve fought him before I know him.
“It’s different watching someone on TV than fighting them in the ring.
“From the first fight we had, I have a lot of confidence in myself that if I change a few things and actually be more aggressive, throw more punches and put on more pressure and take more risks, I can become successful. But in saying that there are still things I have to work on and work through to get back to that position of fighting him again.
“There are other people in front of me at the moment so I have to work my way back up.”