'They are actually worried they will lose' - Joseph Parker's trainer says Anthony Joshua afraid of losing to Kiwi

Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry has stirred the pot against British fighter Anthony Joshua, suggesting the heavyweight champion is scared of losing his titles to the unbeaten Kiwi.

With the pair to meet in a unification super fight later this year - and Parker's WBO title on the line against Joshua's WBA and IBF belts - Barry says the Brit camp's insistence of the fight's contract containing a rematch clause tells him his opponents are worried.

The two fighters have become embroiled in a pre-fight war of words with one another. Source: 1 NEWS

"The reason why there is a rematch clause is because they are actually worried that they will lose the fight," Barry told BoxingScene.

"Joe at 26 is the youngest fighter in anyone's top ten so of course Joshua and his people were going to put a rematch clause in the contract because when Joe beats him they need to try to get their belts back."

Parker and Joshua will face one another at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on April 1 NZT.

The two unbeaten heavyweights came face to face in London this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

Freeskier Beau-James Wells named NZ flag bearer at Winter Olympics

Beau-James Wells has been named New Zealand's flag bearer for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games held in PyeongChang in South Korea.

Wells, 22, is a freeski Olympian and was today announced the flag bearer by Chef de Mission Pete Wardell.

"It is my great honour to name Beau-James Wells as flag bearer,” said Wardell, Chef de Mission of the New Zealand Olympic team.

"Beau-James is an inspiring athlete who has been at the forefront of freesking in New Zealand. He did us proud in Sochi with a sixth place in the halfpipe while he was still a teenager and competing at his first Olympic Games."

The opening ceremony begins tonight at 11.50pm (NZ time) at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

New Zealand will be marching in seventh place in the opening ceremony with the Korean alphabet putting New Zealand in seventh spot behind Norway.

The freeskier says he 'certainly hopes' the Kiwis can pick up a medal at the games. Source: 1 NEWS


'A lot of baby talk!' Tom Walsh jokes about sitting with mate Valerie Adams at Halberg Awards

Tom Walsh has joked about sharing a table with fellow shot put legend Dame Valerie Adams at last night's Halberg Awards, saying there was "a lot of baby talk."

Walsh was a big winner at the awards, taking out Sportsman of the Year.

When asked if he was given any good advice from his good mate Dame Valerie, Walsh had a witty response.

"There seems to be a lot of baby talk! I'm not really at home with the baby talk.

"Me and Val we just talk so much trash to each other there is never a serious conversation," Walsh said laughing.

The champion shot-putter says he now has his sights on winning gold for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April.

The shot-putter was a big winner, taking out the Sportsman of the Year award. Source: 1 NEWS