Watch: Team Parker slam Anthony Joshua's NZ, Samoa media snub - 'Some people pretend to be humble'

Joseph Parker's team have slammed the behaviour of heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua, after the British fighter refused to speak to New Zealand and Samoan media in Sheffield yesterday.

At his open media session yesterday, Joshua walked out on his interviews with the Kiwi and Samoan contingents - coincidentally the two nations that Joseph Parker fights for.

Speaking to media this morning, Parker's team made it clear that this was no coincidence on Joshua's part.

"Some people are humble, and some people pretend to be humble," promoter David Higgins said.

"For those Kiwi journalists to drive all the way to Sheffield, and for him to walk out and leave them standing - it goes to character."

"Samoa's a long way, and hopefully Anthony Joshua makes time for our colleagues from Samoa the next time we meet."

Parker's trainer Kevin Barry didn't hold back in his assessment of Joshua either.

"This is not just about Anthony Joshua - there is an undefeated WBO champion called Joseph Parker, and his people are here form New Zealand and they're here from Samoa," Barry said.

"Show them a little bit of respect."

"Hopefully he (Joshua) will get off his high horse, and when we sit down and have a press conference next week, he will speak to the media who are here, and give them the respect that they deserve, as we have done to the UK media."

The British heavyweight refused to speak to Parker's home nations yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: Joseph Parker's elbow surgeries explained - 'for the first time in two years, he's pain free'

Heavyweight boxer Joe Parker’s trainer has revealed his fighter had two secret surgeries on both of his elbows late last year.

Parker is to take on Anthony Joshua in a world unification title fight at Cardiff next weekend.

Kevin Barry told media today Parker had been struggling with intense pain over the past two years.

He said he'd continued to fight through it but last November he had surgery on his left elbow which was so successful that he had surgery the following week on his right elbow.

"He had numerous bone chips in his left elbow, bone growth on both sides of his elbow and also where the actual elbow socket rolls into," Barry said.

"Joe was unable to open his arm because the socket had calcified over, so the surgery was to remove all that bone to get rid of the pain that we've had to work through".

"For the first time in two years, he's pain free."

Parker's surgeon Mr Craig Ball of Ascot Hospital says it's unusual how quickly he's recovered.

"A very unusual thing that I've observed is how quickly he was able to get better afterwards and obviously the aim was to improve the range of motion," Mr Ball said.

"But more importantly in my professional opinion, I think by losing that impingement pain that he would have, that will almost certainly give him a little bit more speed and probably power with his punch too."

The Kiwi heavyweight underwent two operations late last year. Source: 1 NEWS


Cancer survivors chasing top honours in dragon boating nationals in Ashburton

Ahead of tomorrow's Dragon Boating nationals at Lake Hood in Ashburton there is a very special division dedicated to breast cancer survivors.

A Breast of Life team from Christchurch are looking to build on their recent success across a number of women's open divisions as they look to take out top honours at the event.

Co-captain Meri Gibson says the crew of cancer survivors are taking back control.

"What this is about is taking control back because you lose it when you are diagnosed, so this is about control for us," said Gibson.

Often having to compete in the premier women’s division the crew regularly find themselves winning against fit 18-year-old's straight out of high school, even though their boat carries an average age of 56.

"For us that's a real incentive to get out there, if not match them, beat them."

The A Breast of Life team from Christchurch are looking to build on their recent success in the open divisions. Source: 1 NEWS