Parker: You will see some good changes

Former WBO world champion Joseph Parker hopes that a win over Derek Chisora at the AO Arena, Manchester this Saturday will kickstart his route back to the top of the heavyweight division. Currently ranked at WBO #3, Parker recently went to Ireland to train under former middleweight champion Andy Lee, who replaced longtime trainer Kevin Barry after Parker’s last fight.

“I’m very prepared for this fight, I’ve had a great training camp with Andy in Ireland, then we moved over to Morecambe and got some great sparring under our belt, great pad work, bag, everything,” said Parker. “I feel like with this fight, physically and mentally, I’m in a great place – probably the best I’ve been in a while.

“You will see some good changes. I’ll be sharper, with better movement and better footwork. I’ll be focused for the whole fight. If I execute the game-plan that Andy has put in place, it should be a good night for Team Parker. I expect Derek to be Derek – to apply pressure from the beginning, throwing punches and bombs.

“Two totally different styles, Junior Fa’s style was move and hug, punch every now and then. With Derek it’s no secret, he’s going to come forward and apply the pressure, throw punches everywhere. My hands are going to have to be up, down and all around.

“I’ve been a world champion before and I want to be world champion again. In order to achieve that goal I have to get Derek out of the way first. Then set up the other fights that are out there. We’ve done everything we can to prepare for whatever he brings.

“I think this is the perfect fight at the right time. We’re right there, get a good victory and there’s many other great fights out there to be made and to position yourself when the titles are free to fight for. This is a big card, not only the main event but the undercard fights are very exciting, I’m looking forward to Saturday.”

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  • The thing is, however different a boxer prepares for a fight, works on different things, they do look different the first couple of rounds, then generally go back to how they always fight. Look forward to this fight, both Parker and Chisora look in great shape.

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