Joseph Parker defeated Junior Fa in a unanimous factors victory in New Zealand to arrange a possible conflict with Derek Chisora.
Parker troubled his compatriot early within the combat and wobbled Fa within the third spherical.
However the pair traded blows for the rest of the bout with the previous WBO heavyweight champion being handed some beneficiant scores.
The judges scored the combat 119-109, 115-113 and 117-111 in a bout that was held in entrance of 12,000 followers in Auckland.
The combat adopted an announcement by the ring MC that the town would enter a seven-day lockdown on Sunday following one optimistic case.
Parker is more likely to face Briton Chisora subsequent after he was initially dominated out of their scheduled conflict again in October 2019 because of sickness.
The 29-year-old had not fought since February 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic halting his plans.
Chatting with talkSPORT earlier than the combat, he mentioned: “Hear, as a fighter you need to be energetic and be busy. Loads of issues have popped up. 2019 was a gradual yr for me, I had one combat.
“2020 we checked out turning it round and having extra fights however everybody’s plans modified because of COVID and I solely had one combat.
“The entire yr off once more. I feel this yr is a transparent pathway that Eddie Hearn has talked about and popping out of this combat victorious there’s Derek Chisora and the winner of Joyce and Usyk.”