Joseph Parker could be in prime position to fight Oleksandr Usyk for the WBO heavyweight title, if Anthony Joshua is forced to vacate the belt.

The New Zealander is set to return with a February fight in America, but is monitoring the title plans for Joshua, who has been ordered to face both Kubrat Pulev and Usyk, his IBF and WBO mandatory challengers.

With each governing body attempting to enforce fights, Joshua is hoping a resolution can be agreed, although Parker would be well positioned to fight Usyk for the vacant belt after being installed at No 2 in the WBO rankings.

Anthony Joshua regained his world titles with a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr Anthony Joshua regained his world titles with a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr Anthony Joshua regained his world titles with a rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr

Parker’s manager David Higgins told Sky Sports: “There’s talk that Joshua might have to vacate one of the sanctioning bodies.

“If he vacates the WBO, then suddenly you’ve got Usyk mandatory and I think the next available ranked boxer is Joseph Parker.

“You could end up with a situation where you have Usyk fight Parker for the vacant title, which funnily enough is how Joseph became world champion. He fought [Andy] Ruiz for the vacant title. History repeats.