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Joseph Parker to take stay-busy fight in July ahead of title shot

Joseph Parker will return to action in July with a tune-up fight ahead of a likely world title bout this year.

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New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker will take a stay-busy bout on July 21, facing Solomon Haumono in Christchurch, New Zealand, following his win this past Saturday over Carlos Takam in an IBF eliminator.

The current situation appears to be that Parker (19-0, 16 KO) will be the mandatory challenger for the Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale winner, expected to be Joshua, and that a fight will take place by the end of the year. That means that out of the mild confusion, Parker apparently will not have to face Kubrat Pulev, who also won an eliminator recently.

Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KO) is unlikely to be a banana peel fight for Parker, but stranger things have certainly happened. The 40-year-old veteran has a good win-loss record, but it's fairly empty. In his most recent notable fight, he was knocked out in the 10th round by Kevin Johnson in April 2013. He last fought on April 27, beating Manuel Alberto Pucheta in Brisbane, Australia.