Joseph Parker insisted that he would never fight training partner Tyson Fury, despite his bid to become a two-time heavyweight champion.
The former WBO titleholder has been one of Fury’s main training partners at Morecambe over the past few months.
But the New Zealander will put an end to his ambitions of becoming a two-time heavyweight champion if it means he has to face his good friend.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, he said: “We have a great relationship.
“He treats me like a younger brother, his entire family looks after me.
“I’ve put myself here in Morecambe now. I’ve been at his house, I’ve been using his gym.
“I guess I’ll never fight him. I’ll let him do his job and fight everyone else.”
Parker, 30, would love to compete for one of the other belts if given the opportunity to fight Fury for his WBC strap.
He added: “I will try to go the other way and do my best to win other belts if I can.”
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Parker is already back in full training after his unanimous decision win over Derek Chisora last month.
And the Kiwi star is helping Fury prepare for her second defense of the WBC strap
He said: “I’m back in training, back in training camp with Tyson.
“We’ve done some training for our fight to Sonny Bill Williams here, David Nyka is back on board. It’s great to be back in training.”
Fury, 33, plans to defend his title on March 26, but a deal is yet to be finalized to face mandatory challenger Dillian White.
And co-promoter Bob Arum has indicated that the Gypsy King may face Unified Heavyweight Champion Oleksandr Usyk.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, the 90-year-old said: “It’s utter chaos.
“What is happening are only promises from the Middle East to have a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and whether Dillian White is going to step aside.
“And people who have absolutely no contractual relationship – like Frank Warren’s Queensberry and our top rankers do – are getting involved.
“It’s a uniquely dire type of situation, but hopefully it will be sorted out and probably sorted out with a purge bid on Friday.”
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