Parker v Dimitrenko: Another walk in the park for Kiwi champion Joseph Parker

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If you are expecting fireworks in tonight's heavyweight bout between Joseph Parker and Ukrainian boxer Alexander Dimitrenko, it will be coming from Parker's corner.

Dimitrenko is ranked 47th in the heavyweight division according to boxrec.com, and although he has an impressive record of 38 wins and two losses, he will be no match for New Zealand's champ Parker.

The Ukrainian boxer fighting out of Germany has one advantage over Parker and that is his 6'7' frame and weight, weighing 115kg.

Parker, 24, has packed on three kilograms since his last fight with Aussie fighter Solomon Haumono weighing in yesterday at 109kg.

Dimitrenko, 34, suffered his last defeat at the hands of Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in 2012, where he lost the European heavyweight title after being knocked out in the 11th round.

Parker gives up 8cm and over 6kg to tomorrow’s heavyweight rival, but intimidated he is not.
Source: 1 NEWS

The Ukrainian native was sluggish and slow, showing no signs of power, going down after being hit with a straight left jab from the Bulgarian, after a barrage of combinations beforehand.

Expect Parker to feel out his opponent for a few rounds before going in for the kill, with his speed and body shots which he has implemented in his boxing game.

Dimitrenko is just another stepping stone and another fight Parker needs to get through before he gets his shot at IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

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