We are a few hours away from the big heavyweight showdown in Manchester. Joe Joyce (14-0-0, 13 KOs) and Joseph Parker (30-2-0, 21 KOs) will face off for the WBO interim heavyweight title, and it's a showdown between two of the best heavyweights in the world.
37-year-old Joe Joyce will be looking for the biggest victory of his career so far, and Joseph Parker can boast nominally more victories when it comes to professional boxing. The 30-year-old New Zealander won the world title at the end of 2016, defeating Andy Ruiz Jr.
He lost the title in 2018 to Anthony Joshua, but Parker defeated a number of other renowned boxers such as Derek Chisora, Carlos Takam, Hughie Fury, Shawndell Winters, etc. Parker had a difficult 2018 where he recorded two consecutive losses (Joshua, Whyte), and after that, he strung together six consecutive victories and returned to the very top of the heavyweight division.
The New Zealander is aware that he needs constant improvement and therefore decided to join Tyson Fury's team in the English city of Morecambe. Under the tutelage of Andy Lee and the watchful eye of Tyson Fury, Parker should take his skills to the next level.
Parker on Tyson Fury
“He’s just a positive person to be around when he trains, he just pushes everyone and he includes everyone,” Parker said. “It’s nice when he’s around in his own gym!
“He’s given us the gym to use, the house to live in, the whole team. So he’s been very influential in helping me get my career back where it is now. “When he’s around and you go for a run, he’s never shy to give his advice and help.
If he sees anything he thinks he can help with, he mentions it. I’m just thankful for everything he’s done and continues to do”. Through the very interesting feature of BT Sport, it is visible that Fury actively participates in Parker's training, and along with the advice he gives him, the "Gypsy King" tries to be the best possible motivator.
Fury described what Parker's arrival in the hall has brought him.
''Joe literally took everything from me, didn’t he? He took my gym, he took my house, he took my trainer, he took my strength and conditioning trainer, he took my glove sponsor”.
'' Tyson explained. “Joe was going through a pretty bad streak in his career and he was really in a bad place. So I said to him you can come and train with me if you want”. “So he came over and he settled in and now he’s ‘Gypsy Joe!’.
become. Everyone in Morecambe loves him and he’s a local Lancashire boy now”. The undefeated Joe Joyce, who also has a silver medal from the Olympic Games, will not be an easy task for Parker, and Fury, who gave his prediction, is aware of that.