'The pressure is on' - Kevin Barry taunts Hughie Fury ahead of Joseph Parker showdown

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Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker will come out and attack Hughie Fury from the opening bell, according to coach Kevin Barry.

Joseph Parker against Razvan Cojanu

Joseph Parker against Razvan Cojanu

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Parker, 25, has set off from his Las Vegas training base, headed to London to keep up training ahead of his mandatory WBO title defence against Fury later this month in Manchester.

However, after his last two fights against Andy Ruiz and Razvan Cojanu saw Parker struggle to knock either of his opponents out, trainer Barry is promising an improved showing from his unbeaten world title holder.

"Everything we've trained to do during this camp is about letting the hands go," Barry told NZME.

"Joe's the bigger-punching guy, physically he's more powerful than Hughie, he's battle tested, and we're going to be testing this guy's chin out very, very early in the fight."

Barry also waived any suggestions that Parker was under pressure, given that he'll be taking on Fury in front of the British fighter's home fans.

"A lot of people think the pressure's on us because we're not fighting at home, well actually the pressure's on this young lad Hughie Fury because he's fighting a very formidable guy, a guy like nothing he's been in the ring with before."

"He's fighting in front of his fans and family ... the pressure is on."

Once arriving in London, Parker will train at the gym of British fighter David Haye, before travelling to Manchester to face Fury on September 23.

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