Parker has recently lost to Joshua and Whyte.

Joseph Parker is in talks with his next potential opponent

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Joseph Parker is reported to be in talks over his next fight, and his opponent may be a surprise to some.

The New Zealander has recently been part of two high-profile bouts, taking on Anthony Joshua in March and Dillian Whyte in July.

The Kiwi, 26, was the clear underdog against AJ at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, but put in a valiant display and only went down on points having seen out the 12 rounds.

The bout against Whyte was seen as much more of an even contest, though Parker again came up short, despite a final-round onslaught.

Having been part of two big fights, you might think that Parker would be set for another headline event, but it appears that his two losses might have cost him the chance, having seen his WBO ranking slip out of the top 15.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Parker's camp have held preliminary talks with his compatriot Junior Fa.

The New Zealand media thinks that the match-up has potential because it would rival the grudge match between David Tua and Shane Cameron.

The Parker v Fa clash won't be anytime soon, though, with its build-up set to be drawn out over the next 18 months.

It won't be the first time that the pair have met either, with the two fighters having two victories apiece from their amateur days.

Parker looking glum after his defeat to Whyte

Fa's manager Mark Keddell still sees Parker as a tough oponent, despite his two recent defeats.

"He's had a couple of losses, but he's still a top-10 fighter. He is world class."

Fa, 28, remains undefeated in his 15-fight pro career, but his last two wins have seen disappointing performances against Luis Pascual and Craig Lewis.

Having been unable to conquer Joshua or Whyte, a fight against Fa may not be nearly as glamorous, but it offers Parker a kinder route back to winning ways.

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