Smokin' Joe inspires Parker

With aspirations of being a world champion, Joseph Parker has today drawn inspiration from one of boxing's all-time greats. 

A visit to the grave of former world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, remembered for his involvement in the "The Fight of the Century" against Muhammad Ali, was used to put things into perspective ahead of Parker's fight against Sherman Williams on Sunday (NZT).  

Standing before Frazier's resting place, adorned with a near life-size portrait, at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, Parker said: "When I look at his grave site and the picture in front of it, it inspires me," he said. 

"I want to be champion of the world.

"I know that it takes time but I'll definitely get there."

Parker and fellow Kiwi Robert Berridge are on a Main Event card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

At the age of 22, Parker has already drawn attention from the likes of former world middleweight champion Oscar De la Hoya, who is now one of boxing's biggest promoters.

The South Aucklander is looking to build on his dominant performance against American Brian Minto a month ago and take his professional fight record to 10-0. 

A visit to the grave of former world champion Joe Frazier today has helped inspire Joseph Parker. Source: 1 NEWS

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