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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Joseph Parker Has Another Chance To Enter World Title Mix

The heavyweight division was rocked earlier this month when Andy Ruiz Jr pulled off a huge upset against Anthony Joshua to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles from the British boxer.


AJ was the long odds-on favourite to win the contest and keep his hopes alive of securing a shot with WBC champion Deontay Wilder for all four belts.

Joshua’s defeat now opens up the division for a number of men to put themselves in contention for a world title shot again, and one of those boxers is Joseph Parker.

The Kiwi beat Ruiz Jr for the WBO title back in 2016 before losing to Joshua in a unification contest.

Parker is set to face American Eric Molina in Rhode Island, United States later this month where he is the 1/6 favourite in the boxing betting for the fight, where a win would put him a step closer to a world title contest. 

The man from South Auckland has suffered defeat twice in his last three fights, one of those being against Dillian Whyte last July.


In his most recent appearance in the ring, Parker stopped Alexander Flores in three rounds in front of his home crowd in Christchurch. That was his first victory since losing his WBO title to Joshua in 2018.

Parker is ranked as high as number six with the WBC, so his best chance for a world title fight may come against Wilder who faces Luis Ortiz in September.

If Ruiz Jr can repeat what he did against Joshua, though, the Kiwi could demand a match with the American as he is the only boxer to have inflicted a defeat on him in his professional career so far.

Molina Aiming For His Third Shot At A World Title


Molina has twice had the opportunity to become a world champion in the heavyweight division but was unable to take either of them as he suffered defeat to Wilder in 2015 - while more recently, in 2016, the American was no match for Joshua.


Drummer Boy made his professional debut in March 2007 and therefore is one of the most experienced boxers at the top level in this division.

He started out as a cruiserweight where he had success, becoming the Texas and WBC-Latino champion.

After stepping up to heavyweight, Molina suffered an early setback when Chris Arreola stopped in the first round of their contest.

The Texan bounced back with five straight wins to earn the shot against Wilder.

Molina was the big outsider in his bout with the Bronze Bomber. It proved too much for him as he went down in the fourth and twice in the fifth, while it was the ninth round where his challenge ended.


Just over a year later, Molina travelled across to the United Kingdom to face Joshua but could only last three rounds as AJ was too powerful for him.

Molina is 5/1 to defeat Parker. From what we have seen recently in the heavyweight division, nobody should be underestimated, so the Kiwi will be keen to avoid becoming the latest scalp to fall victim to an upset in boxing.

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