Updated December 09, 2017 16:14:27Photo: Joseph Parker celebrates with the belt after winning the fight against Hughie Fury in 2017. (Action Images/Reuters: Andrew Couldridge)
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An undefeated 24-0 record, with 18 wins by knockout. Weighing in at 112 kilograms and standing 193 centimetres tall, Joseph Parker is New Zealand's first heavyweight world champion in boxing.
Now he is looking to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Born in South Auckland with Samoan heritage, Joseph was raised from a young age with the discipline of boxing alongside his brother in their family gym. He is now 25 and looking to chase some of the biggest names in the international sport of prize fighting.
"It was a dream … growing up with boxing, I always wanted to be world champion," he said.
For the first time in his career, Parker took a chance and defended his WBO title against challenger Hughie Fury, at Manchester Arena in England. This was the first time in his professional career fighting outside of the Oceania region.
Joseph Parker's victory over Fury now has him in a position looking to secure a bout with the WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, for early next year.
Parker said the win in Manchester gave him confidence heading in to a potential bout against Joshua in the UK.Photo: Joseph Parker says Anthony Joshua (left) has some weaknesses he can exploit. (Reuters: Andrew Couldridge)
"There was more excitement fighting in the UK because it is a different atmosphere, I am so used to fighting at home and having a good crowd with support," he said.
"We are looking at fighting in the UK a lot more. I am looking forward to fighting in front of his crowd."
Parker is determined to secure a unification bout with Joshua, but there have been problems in negotiating the pay conditions of the fight, with Joshua offering Parker a 65-35 pay split.
"It would have been great to have it pencilled in now but it will happen in the future once they come to their senses," Joshua told the BBC.
"What they are offering is nothing, and what we are offering is 10 times better than what they can bring up themselves."
Parker has hit back at the suggestion that he should accept less than 35 per cent of the fight winnings and said he was not interested in dropping his price any lower.
"I know he has two belts against my one but a unification bout is a pretty special event, I think that 65-35 is pretty fair," Parker said.
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External Link: Joseph Parker tweets .@anthonyfjoshua 65% & rematch not enough to unify? Believe your own hype? Bubble's gonna burst bro #BigGlassRobot @eddiehearn @d_higgins_duco #NeverBeenDropped
"The video is very appropriate for what he is offering us, the video shows him saying he doesn't fight for money, he fights for fun and he enjoys himself, if he is not fighting for money, why is he not moving from 30 per cent?" he asked.
"We are the ones pushing for the fight, I think we are the ones wanting to fight, I am not making him the victim, I think we are just showing people his weaknesses.
"All these fans they back him and think he is the best fighter in the world, but he has also been knocked down. We are just stating facts, we are not trying to victimise him or bring him down, we respect him as a fighter."
Parker is also confident Joshua has weaknesses he can exploit.
"He is a little robotic, there is a lot of people saying he has a suspect chin," he said.
"What sets me apart is my speed and power.
"I would not be chasing the fight if I didn't back myself. I think I can beat any fighter in the world, just put me in the ring and I'll do it. [I want to] show people a lot more of what I can do in the ring."
Parker will begin a training camp in Las Vegas in the new year.
Should the fight happen, the winner could then face WBC title holder Deontay Wilder in a bout which could unify all four major titles in the heavyweight division.
First posted December 09, 2017 16:13:09
Source : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-09/joseph-parker-has-anthony-joshua-in-his-sights/9243434987