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Parker eyeing Saunders and Plant

Parker meets Nunez on Saunders-Murray bill on Friday night

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Zach Parker puts his WBO number one position at stake against Cesar Nunez on Friday Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Zach Parker puts his WBO number one position at stake against Cesar Nunez on Friday Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Zach Parker says he is keen to face WBO Super Middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders or IBF champion, Caleb Plant ahead of his return on Friday night.

The unbeaten Derbyshire man is closing in on a maiden world title shot, standing as the number one contender in the WBO and #4 in the IBF and faces Cesar Nunez for the vacant WBO international Super Middleweight crown on the undercard of Saunders’ WBO Super Middleweight title defence against Martin Murray on at The SSE Arena.

The 26-year-old admits he is keeping a close eye on a potential world title opportunity, but says he cannot overlook his Spanish opponent.

“Hopefully next year, maybe summer next year I want to go for at least one of the world titles,” Parker said on a media call on Monday.

“Obviously I can’t look past Cesar Nunez on Friday night, but that’s the way I’m looking to go.

“Either the WBO with Billy Joe Saunders, but if any of the other titles come up, I know the WBC is vacant at the minute, I’d box for any of them.

Parker stopped Murdock in the 11th round of their clash in March Photo Credit: DAVE THOMPSON/ROUTE ONE PHOTOGRAPHY
Parker stopped Murdock in the 11th round of their clash in March Photo Credit: DAVE THOMPSON/ROUTE ONE PHOTOGRAPHY

“That’s what you’re in boxing for to be a world champion and hopefully that’ll get made next year.”

Parker stopped Rohan Murdock in the eleventh round of their clash in March on what transpired to be the final show prior to the UK national lockdown, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO world title against Martin Murray on Friday Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Billy Joe Saunders defends his WBO world title against Martin Murray on Friday Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

If Parker is unable to secure a shot at Saunders next he says he would have no issue facing IBF holder, Plant and believes he could trouble the unbeaten American.

“I was meant to box for a final eliminator for that [IBF] against this German kid, but he pulled out,” Parker added.

Parker says he is open to facing IBF champion Caleb Plant Photo Credit: Photo Credit: LUIS MEJIA/TGB PROMOTIONS
Parker says he is open to facing IBF champion Caleb Plant Photo Credit: Photo Credit: LUIS MEJIA/TGB PROMOTIONS

“That’s another title that I’d like to go for.

“Caleb Plant is a good champion, but I think I could cause him a lot of problems and hopefully have a fight one day.”

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