Joseph Parker has confirmed that he will return to the ring in December as he looks to secure another world heavyweight title fight.
The 26-year-old New Zealander has endured a tough year in the ring having lost his WBO belt via unanimous points decision against Anthony Joshritain before returning to Britain to face Dillian Whyte in July.
Another points decision went against Parker and he subsequently returned to the southern hemisphere to lick his wounds and devise a plan to work his way back towards another future world title bid.
That will begin in earnest in his homeland at the end of 2018 as Parker will fight in front of his home fans against a yet-to-be confirmed opponent.
“Whoever they put in front of me I need to get the job done – and get it done well,” said Parker.
“Having experienced what it is like to reach the pinnacle of the sport, and then come back down again after a couple of tough defeats, I’m more motivated than ever to get back on top.”
Parker has one eye on a potential rematch against Whyte having ran out of time to stop the British fighter when he knocked him down in the final round of their first fight at the O2 in London.
He added: “I could have and should have won that fight, but that’s boxing. It’s now time to get back to work.
“I can’t wait to fight again in Christchurch. I’ve got really good memories from my last time there (a fourth round KO of Solomon Haumono in July 2016).
“It’s a great homecoming for me.”