Joseph Parker insists followers will see a extra well-rounded fighter when he faces Joe Joyce on Saturday at AO Enviornment in Manchester, England.
The previous heavyweight titleholder labored with coach Andy Lee for his previous two fights, a cut up choice over Derek Chisora after which a unanimous choice within the rematch final yr. He believes he’s higher than ever.
The latter combat with Chisora happened in December, that means he could have been out of the ring for 9 months.
“There are a number of weapons in my armor now,” Parker instructed Stuff.co.nz. “Earlier than I’d say I used to be a boxer who boxed and moved, was defensive and passive, and didn’t actually push the motion.
“Now I need to push the motion. I’ll be proper there, standing toe to toe, going at it.”
Don’t get the fallacious concept. The 30-year-old from New Zealand isn’t going to face toe to toe your entire combat in opposition to an even bigger man identified for his aggression and knockout energy. That wouldn’t be good.
Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) plans to make use of his expertise and superior athleticism whereas choosing his spots to assault. The concept is to frustrate the much less skilled Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) and put on down the Londoner, who’s 37.
If the Kiwi is profitable, he’ll be the obligatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO belt, though a rematch clause might end in a second combat with Joyce no matter who wins.
“He’s going to get pissed off as a result of he can’t catch me,” Parker mentioned. “I’m going to be too good for him, I’m going to maneuver too quick for him and have an excessive amount of velocity. I’m going to select him aside, and when Andy tells me the time is correct, I’m going to get him out of there if I can.
“He’s very robust and robust, but when he retains taking these punches, ultimately he’s going to fall.”
That mentioned, this could possibly be Parker’s most troublesome combat since he misplaced a unanimous choice to Dillian Whyte in July 2018, which adopted his title-losing choice in opposition to Anthony Joshua.
That truth conjures up him.
“I like the problem,” he mentioned, “that’s what I dwell for.”