Joseph Parker was one of many shining lights in a darkish 2020. The jovial heavyweight stored us entertained throughout nationwide lockdowns together with his Instagram movies, recreating some notorious scenes from much-loved movies.
But it surely’s 2021 now, and regardless of including to his assortment with a Hangover-inspired video on Monday, it’s time for the 29-year-old to get severe once more as he prepares to face Junior Fa on Feb. 27, live on DAZN.
Speaking with Marc Gatford via MyBettingSites.co.uk, Parker and his coach Kevin Barry laid out plans for the brand new yr in addition to his relationship with WBC heavyweight (LINNNEEEEAAALLL!!!) champion Tyson Fury.
“I want guys like Joe Joyce, Oleksandr Usyk; I want guys like Dillian Whyte; there’s nonetheless a risk we are able to struggle Derek Chisora,” Parker (27-2, 21 KO) mentioned. “He’s coming off a loss however his profession has been revived. I’ll struggle anybody, I’ll fly to the UK or the US, or wherever when it’s protected to take action to get again to the highest.”
If he will get previous home rival Fa (19-0, 10 KO), these first two names intrigue Parker most, and he expects they’ll be in play.
“Usyk has actually good motion and ring IQ, however If the chance arose I’d take that struggle with each arms. With the motion and pace that I’ve, I’d beat him, I’d be an excessive amount of for him,” he mentioned.
“I’d (additionally) love the chance to struggle Joe Joyce. He placed on a terrific efficiency towards Daniel Dubois; he confirmed good motion, good jab, a lot of enhancements and it will be a terrific struggle.”
Parker additionally says that he’d welcome a struggle with Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO), although he considers himself shut with the WBC titleholder, saying Tyson is “like a brother” to him.
Coach Barry is urging Parker and everybody else to not look previous the Fa problem, nonetheless.
“We count on the very, perfect Junior Fa,” Barry mentioned. “This struggle is for lots of satisfaction and dignity in New Zealand, it’s a legacy struggle. If we lose to Junior Fa it’s going to be a troublesome slog to get again into the image. I mentioned to Joe: Junior Fa beats you, neglect in regards to the truth you gained the world title, that is the struggle you’ll be remembered in New Zealand for. There’s rather a lot at stake for us.”
Lewis Watson is a sports activities author from London, UK, and a member of the BWAA. Follow or contact him on Twitter @lewroyscribbles