Anthony Joshua and Deontay could soon meet in a world heavyweight unification fight to determine an undisputed champion.
In the end, Parker managed to take away Joshua's ideal knockout record but lost his WBO heavyweight title to the Briton, making Joshua the unified heavyweight champion of the world.
Barry says Parker knows he should have thrown more punches in the 12-round fight, won on a unanimous decision by the giant Brit. "We are one away now". IBO, WBO, IBF, WBA.I'm not into the hype, I'm about business.
What Joshua wants, is what is usually delivered to him by his promoter Eddie Hearn who now faces tricky dealings with the Wilder camp who have been far too greedy with their monetary hopes in earlier attempts to set up the fight.
"If they stepped up and were actually serious about the fight, and serious about a deal we are more than happy to offer them, it could happen next".
"I knew he was from Italy but I obviously expected we would have a guy who could communicate with the two participants fighting".
Parker was escorted by Samoan chiefs as he arrived for the biggest battle of a 24-fight career, followed by the home favourite Joshua, whose white robe was lit up by pyrotechnics while he strolled confidently towards his 21st opponent.
"It is a fight Anthony Joshua really wants and I think he wants it this year", Hearn said.
Despite immediately calling out Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury, Joshua's confident Parker will bounce back from the loss and they will meet again in the ring. "I don't have any feeling towards the other man in the fight".
"But I have to defend my throne again in a few months".
Joshua has said he would like the bout to take place in the United Kingdom but Hearn is not ruling out the possibility of it happening in the United States if the terms are right.
"We need to come back even stronger".
As the fight progressed, Fury became still more critical and said that the fight was proving to be a waste of people's money.
"I'm going to be one of the most powerful men sitting on the side of the negotiating table", Joshua said, eyeing up his belts. When he did attack, Parker looked threatening, but the continued efforts of referee Giuseppe Quartarone to get in the way, and Joshua's defensive expertise, contrived to stymie that.
"It was a frightful thing to say and something I am sure he regrets, but in the heat of the moment he is just trying to be famous".