Dethroned boxing world champion Joseph Parker will begin his bid to return to the top of the sport, with a fight against English boxer, Dillian Whyte, in London next month.

It will be Parker’s first fight since he lost his unification bout to Anthony Joshua in April.

Parker lost his WBO title in that fight but could face Joshua again in a rematch if he beats Whyte.

Whyte’s only loss in his 24-fight career also came at the hands of Anthony Joshua in 2015.

Parker’s manager David Higgins is hoping Parker will get to fight in Britain again.

“This is the epicentre of heavyweight boxing in the world. Obviously we came close against Anthony Joshua (but) didn’t quite get the win,” he said.

We’d love a rematch one day, perhaps with a different referee but the next biggest fight is Dillian Whyte.”

Whyte’s only loss in his 24-fight career also came at the hands of Anthony Joshua in 2015.

“I don’t want to promise any KO’s or stoppages but what I will promise you (is) whatever Parker brings – whether he runs or whether he brings it – he’s going to get steadied up,” said Whyte’s trainer Mark Tibbs.

“The old mid-drift is going to get touched … but with all respect he’s a proper gentleman but this is the fight game and we are going to do the business.”

Whyte beat Joshua as an amateur but in their 2015 re-match as pro-fighters Whyte was knocked out by Joshua in the seventh round.

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