Former WBA featherweight champion Barry McGuigan has sung the praises of Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker, ahead of his WBO title defence with Hughie Fury in Manchester on September 24.
McGuigan, 56, says that Parker is one of the finest talents he's ever seen in the ring, backing the unbeaten Kiwi fighter to take the win in Fury's hometown later this month.
"It's pretty obvious he's one of the finest talents in the heavyweight division, if not the finest," McGuigan said.
"He's really coming on in leaps and bounds"
He stands out for me and I know he's got a bit of criticism of late but I genuinely believe he’s going to be very special."
Barry McGuigan on Joseph Parker
"I'm a purist and I watch all the talent in the country, in the world and obviously it starts here, watching whats happening in the UK and Ireland, but when you get heavyweights that are sort of a breed of their own, he stands out for me and I know he's got a bit of criticism of late but I genuinely believe he’s going to be very special."