'He doesn't want to take the risk' - Boxing great's harsh words for Joseph Parker

Boxing great Roy Jones Jr has had harsh words for Joseph Parker, saying the Kiwi heavyweight needs to be more aggressive.

After losing to Dillian Whyte via a unanimous decision in London in July, coupled with his first career defeat to Anthony Joshua in April, Parker has now been on the losing side in successive fights.

What's more, Parker has failed to even knock an opponent down since a win over Alexander Dimitrenko in October 2016.

Looking to break his current winless run though, the Kiwi will return to the ring against Mexican-American Alexander Flores in Christchurch later this month, hoping to reignite his stalling career.

Speaking to Fairfax in Las Vegas though, Jones Jr, who held titles in four separate weight divisions, said that Parker's approach of late has been too conservative.

"Joseph Parker has to be more aggressive," Jones began.

"Joseph has been that guy letting fighters bring the fight to him and when an opponent brings the fight to him he doesn't do well. When he takes the fight to his opponent he does very good.

"What he has to do is try to keep himself in a warrior's mentality and start to push the issue with the fight.

"He has been taking the safe route because he doesn't want the take the risk of getting retired or getting fatigued."

Parker and Flores will face off at Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on December 15.

Matchroom Boxing Presents Dillian Whyte vs Joseph Parker, The O2, London, England 28/7/2018
Joseph Parker vs Dillian Whyte
Joseph Parker and Dillian Whyte
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Joseph Parker knocked Dillian Whyte down in the 12th. Source: Photosport