Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is ready and willing to face Dereck Chisora as soon as possible.

The fight was scheduled to take place last weekend at the O2 Arena in London, but Parker withdrew from the bout after becoming ill due to a spider bite.

Parker was replaced by Olympic bronze medal winner David Price, who was dropped and stopped by Chisora in four rounds.

Parker would have liked to face Chisora before the end of the year - but he was advised by Matchroom Sport that nothing is available until February at the earliest.

The New Zealander is likely to return home after spending months of his time training and preparing in Las Vegas.

Parker wants to reschedule the contest with Chisora as soon as possible.

"The onus is on Eddie Hearn to hopefully make it happen. He's a busy man, he's got a lot on, but the whole world wants to see it," Parker's manager, David Higgins, told Sky Sports UK. "Joseph signed with Eddie Hearn as his promoter, because he has a large volume of events, and he's the best in the world.

"Joseph is ready and willing and just needs a date and a venue. Joseph will be travelling home back to New Zealand on Sunday, but yes of course, we'll enter in to talks. That's why we're in business. February is the earliest I understand. To fight in February, Joe would have to enter camp at the very beginning of January.

"If anything, it might even end up in March. I don't see Joseph Parker fighting before February unfortunately, which means a fairly long lay-off, but hey that's the business we're in. Joseph would fight in a telephone box in Antarctica. That's not the issue. It's simply a matter of locking in the opportunity and Joseph Parker will be there."