Joseph Parker eager to silence boxing critics over claims he can't match Joshua's power: 'I back myself against any heavyweight'




One-dimensional, robotic in the ring, a poor selection of punches, not enough head or hand movement, vulnerable.

Anthony Joshua may have won the admiration of the boxing world after his knock-out of Wladimir Klitschko last Saturday but he hasn't impressed the trainer of Joseph Parker.

Kevin Barry, overseeing the Kiwi WBO heavyweight champion's brief preparation for the challenge of Romanian Razvan Cojanu on Saturday, says Joshua has plenty of chinks in his armour - chinks the 25-year-old Parker will easily exploit when the time comes.

Both fighters are undefeated in the professional arena and were close to fighting last year, when Parker was the Briton's mandatory challenger for his IBF crown.

Joshua has since picked up the WBA and IBO crowns as a result of his 11th-round demolition of Klitschko, felling the Ukrainian legend with a brutal upper-cut.

Lucky for Parker’s trainer, he was wearing protective gear when he took a blow from the heavyweight.
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Yet Barry told reporters on Tuesday the 27-year-old Londoner was far from flawless and, despite having the edge in brute force, would struggle against Parker's hand and foot speed.

And while he insisted all minds were focused on Saturday's bout in Manukau, he said that, when the chance arises, Parker will do the business against him.

"There are a lot of things that Joseph Parker does, skill-wise, (that are) much, much better than Anthony Joshua," Barry said.

"If Joseph Parker hit Joshua on his chin and had him on his back like he was in the sixth round of that fight, that fight would be over - there'd be no rounds seven to 11.''

Parker said he wish he was at Wembley Stadium for the fight but says his sole focus at the moment is his opponent Razvan Cojanu.
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Parker, who spent much of his 12-week fight camp working on foot speed and balance in anticipation of a since-scrapped bout with awkward Briton Hughie Fury, was less bullish about his prospects but maintained he could beat anyone.

Beyond Cojanu, Parker has a number of options - from fighting in the UK, the new epicentre of the heavyweight division, to fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

The Aucklander said he relished the chance to go into those fights - and larger boxing markets - with the element of surprise on his side.

But first he would have to maintain his bargaining power by swatting aside the challenge of the powerful Cojanu, ranked No.14 in the WBO stakes.

"They don't think we're up to that level - but when we do get into the ring with them, they'll see," Parker said.

"With (my) angles, movements, speed, it'll give (Joshua) a lot of trouble - I back myself against any heavyweight.

"Boxing is all about movement and speed - speed kills."

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