Joseph Parker insists fans will get to see a more all-round boxer when he takes on Joe Joyce on Saturday at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
The former heavyweight champion worked with coach Andy Lee in his previous two bouts, a split decision over Derek Chisora and then a unanimous decision in the year’s rematch. last. He believes he is better than ever.
The second match against Chisora comes in December, which means he will be out of the ring for nine months.
Parker told Stuff.co.nz: “There are a lot of weapons in my armor. “Before I say I am a boxer and mover, defensive and passive, and not really driven to action.
“Now I want to push for action. I’ll be right there, toe to toe, will do. “
Dont get wrong. The 30-year-old from New Zealand won’t be up for an entire fight against a larger man known for his aggression and knocking power. That wouldn’t be smart.
Parker (30-2, 21 KOs) intends to use his superior skill and stamina while picking his points to attack. The idea was to frustrate the less experienced Joyce (14-0, 13 KOs) and weaken the Londoner, who is 37 years old.
If Kiwi succeeds, he will be the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s WBO belt, although the rematch clause could lead to a second fight with Joyce regardless of who wins.
Parker said: “He’s going to get upset because he can’t catch me. “I would be too good for him, I would move too fast for him and have too much speed. I’ll pick him on my own, and when Andy tells me the time is right, I’ll get him out of there if I can.
“He’s tough and strong, but if he keeps taking these punches, he’ll eventually fall.”
That said, this could be Parker’s toughest fight since he lost to Dillian Whyte in July 2018, following his decision to lose his title to Anthony Joshua.
That fact inspired him.
“I like a challenge,” he said, “it’s what I live for.”