'I have to get him back for that': Joseph Parker tells Andy Ruiz he wants revenge for sparring injury

Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz met today face to face for the first time since their WBO heavyweight title fight was announced earlier this year. 

It's been well-documented that the last time they met, during a sparring session in Las Vegas two years ago, Ruiz rattled the jaw of the Kiwi so badly that he could not eat properly for three days. 

Appearing on Seven Sharp, Parker told Ruiz he would "get him back" when they clash in Saturday's bout at Auckland's Vector Arena. 

"It was the first time I was in Vegas - Kevin was looking for work for me and I was still fresh on the scene. Andy had a lot more experience than I did. So I went in there and sparred and I sort of underestimated Andy just because of his size," Parker said of Ruiz who usually fights at around 130kgs. 

"When I got in there he chased me around the ring and hit me pretty hard. I'll have to get him back for that."

Ruiz has lost almost 15kgs during a two-month camp in Big Bear, California and expects Parker to be a much-improved fighter this time around. 

"He's going to be a lot better," Ruiz said. "He's already 21-0. But we've both trained hard for this fight and we've both go to do what we've got to do.

The Kiwi boxer will fight Andy Ruiz Jr for the WBO heavyweight championship next Saturday at Vector Arena. Source: Breakfast

On Saturday they will fight for the WBO title, but the pair kept it civil when they caught up tonight. Source: Seven Sharp