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Joseph Parker discusses Tyson Fury fight chances and makes brutal Derek Chisora vow

Joseph Parker has opened up on his relationship with Tyson Fury, addressing whether he could face the Gypsy King in the future.

Parker has been training with Fury in Morecambe ahead of his rematch against Derek Chisora in Manchester this weekend, where he's looking to follow up on his victory in the initial bout.

Success in that fight would put Parker on a solid path for the next 12 months, with the New Zealand fighter ranked highly by all four governing bodies.

With Fury set for a unification fight next year against either Anthony Joshua or Oleksandr Usyk, questions have been asked as to whether that could see Parker meet his close friend in the ring - but he doubts that would happen.

'I've always said it would be great to fight him because I see him as the best heavyweight there is at the moment," he told SportsMail.

"I'm not really part of his plans, he's got plans to fight this person or that person, he might retire or carry on for another 10 years. No one really knows.

"He looks after me, treats me like a younger brother and helps me with my career, my fight that's coming up. He's been very generous so I don't think it's a fight that will ever happen. But I'm always supporting him, always there to watch his fights and cheer him on."

This weekend against Chisora, Parker is looking for a more convincing result than his result in the first bout and is confident he can secure a knockout.

"He's going to be a lot fitter. He's going to try some new moves, and obviously with Coldwell and the team they have, he's got a great environment to be in.

"I don't think there's a lot he can change with his style as he's done it for years and years, but it only takes little adjustments to make a big difference in a fight.

"I'm confident I'm going to win. I'm confident I can beat him up and I'm confident I can knock him out, I just need to land at the right time, pick my shots, listen to my trainer and go out and perform. I know I can perform better than I have in the past, I'm just going to go out and prove that."

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