Joseph Parker 'loving his' gruelling training regime including 5.30am Las Vegas runs with Joshua bout only weeks away

Kiwi heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is sticking to what he knows best, hitting the road with an early morning run in Las Vegas as he prepares for his unification bout with Anthony Joshua.

Sky Sports UK joined Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry this morning as he was preparing for a run.

"Training is going really good, everything is on track," said Parker.

"We've got a good structure and good plan going into camp.

"Everything is all good, everyone is happy - just got to put in the work and prepare for March 31."

Barry believes there is nothing better for building up a boxer's cardio than traditional training like running.

"Joe loves his road work and this is something that we have always done the five years that we have been together," said Barry.

"Most mornings he's up at 5 o'clock preparing himself in his room, he has a little bit of fruit and 5:30 he is on the road.

"He usually runs five miles in the morning (8km)."

Barry has criticised Joshua's new and technical training regimes, saying it will not help with the British champ's aerobic fitness.

"I see videos posted everywhere of him (Joshua) doing the most sophisticated, new age training methods that man has ever seen and yet he's looked very tired in his last couple of fights," Barry told Sky Sports UK.

"Every time he's been asked to go on to the later rounds, he's really struggled so that's a question for his training staff.

"He wouldn't want to be slowing against Joe, because I can promise you this. Joe will be coming on in the later rounds."

Parker and Joshua will take on each other at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on April 1 (NZ time).



New 'world class' America's Cup Village proposed for Auckland waterfront

The Government and Auckland Council have released plans for what they're calling a "world class" America’s Cup village on Auckland’s waterfront to host the 2020-21 cup defence.

The new village would be located in the Wynyard waterfront area and provide at least seven syndicate bases around two basins with provision for restaurants and bars, public viewing, and hospitality areas.

The new proposal is being called a "hybrid" option as it incorporates elements of the Wynyard Basin option, agreed by the council in December and the Wynyard Point variant explored by the Government.

"I believe the proposal will create a legacy for Auckland and all of New Zealand – our main aim alongside creating a top class venue for Team New Zealand and the Cup defence in 2021 and, hopefully, beyond," Economic Development Minister David Parker says.

As part of the plan Team New Zealand will be granted what the Government says is "the prime spot" at the end of Hobson Wharf in a development worth $30 million. 

Sketch of proposed new America's Cup village.
Sketch of proposed new America's Cup village. Source: Auckland City Council

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Watch: Swiss Winter Olympics team create alternative events including escalator hanging and pallet-truck bobsledding

As the rest of the Olympic athletes battle it out for gold, the Swiss freestyle ski team have created their own alternative Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The skiiers created the quirky competitions to kill time between events and training.

The new sports included extreme escalator rides and even creating their own version of the famous Olympic movie Cool Runnings with the help of a spare hand pallet truck.

Most freestyle skiing takes place starting on Thursday this week, with eight sets of medals to be given out over nine days of eventing.

New Zealand has nine athletes competing against the imaginative Swiss team in freestyle skiing.


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