Dillian Whyte urges Joseph Parker to stand and fight on July 28

Whyte is on the cusp of a world title shot and knows victory is likely to guarantee that, while this will be the third time in a row that former WBO champion Parker boxes in the United Kingdom.

Indeed, Parker is a bigger name than Pulev by virtue of his nearly 18-month reign as WBO heavyweight champion, as well as his unification fight with Anthony Joshua in which he lost his championship.

Whyte was stopped in the seventh round by his fellow Brit in December 2015, while Parker lost his WBO belt to AJ on points in March.

"I don't want to promise any KO's or stoppages but what I will promise you (is) whatever Parker brings - whether he runs or whether he brings it - he's going to get steadied up", said Whyte's trainer Mark Tibbs.

But the IBF have ordered Whyte to fight Kubrat Pulev in a final eliminator while the WBC, whose belt is held by Deontay Wilder, have told him to take on Luis Ortiz.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to training and burning off the pies I ate in New Zealand".

It will be Parker's first fight since he lost his unification bout to Anthony Joshua in April.

This is not some club show we are talking about, but a major fight with global interest between two legitimate top ten heavyweights that would decide the future of the heavyweight division.

Like I always say, everyone always thinks they can do this and do that, and when they get in there, they realise this dude is way better than what we think he is.

"Whilst we are in negotiations with the Jennings camp, we have other real options on the table including Alexander Ustinov".

"Beating Parker should nearly guarantee me a World title shot but let's see". It'll be an incredible fight. "That pretty much speaks for itself", said Parker - the only fighter to so far take Joshua the full distance.

"He had his big moment, and he didn't do enough", the 30-year-old said.

If Parker comes over in the same polite, respectful manner as he did against Joshua and managers to defy the expectations in beating Dillian Whyte then he establishes a fan-base in Britain and the potential for even bigger money fights.