Dean Lonergan: Parker will knock out Joshua, Haye, Whyte and Chisora in a year

Duco boxing promoter Dean Lonergan has doubled down on Joseph Parker's boxing ability, predicting the New Zealand fighter will knock out Anthony Joshua, David Haye, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury within a year.

Parker is now mandatory challenger to Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title after beating Carlos Takam by unanimous decision last weekend and is considered one of the most exciting prospects in the division.

The unbeaten 24-year-old's next fight will be against Solomon Haumono in New Zealand on July 21 but Lonergan is already eyeing up a move to the UK for a world title clash with Joshua, providing he comes through his first defence of his crown against Dominic Breazeale on June 25 at the O2 Arena.

"England is the hottest place in the hottest place in the world for heavyweight boxing right now. It's the place we want to be," Lonergan told City A.M.

"I see Joseph Parker coming to England and first and foremost fighting Anthony Joshua and winning to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

"Then we'll knockout Dillian Whyte, then we'll knockout David Haye, then we'll knockout anyone else; Dereck Chisora, Hughie Fury, Tyson Fury if he's still a champion and still boxing, and anyone else who wants to stand up and fight. If we could beat all those guys in one year we'd turn around and beat them all again the next year and leave British boxers on their back and move onto America.

He added: "If we can become the heavyweight champion by going through Joshua we'd domicile ourselves in England, Joseph would continue to train in Las Vegas. But I'd see us setting up there having fight after fight just knocking out Brits."

"Anthony Joshua has not had to fight a fighter of that ilk [Carlos Takam]," says Lonergan.

"Joshua has never had to go 12 rounds. The only time he looked troubled was when he fought Dillian Whyte and in round two he was wobbled.

"And here's what I can promise you, if Parker wobbles Joshua at any stage, he will knock him out. I've got no doubt that Takam's got a way better chin than Joshua and he's got a way better defence. But there's no doubt that Joshua hits hard, you've just got to look at his record."

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