Parker ready to face an­gry AJ in Lon­don

Fiji Sun - - Sports - NZ Her­ald

Auck­land: A re­laxed and con­fi­dent Joseph Parker has flown to Lon­don ready for what­ever An­thony Joshua throws at him in and out of the ring in what the Kiwi heavy­weight terms a “life-chang­ing” fight.

Parker left Auck­land on Satur­day night, a sure sign that his hugely an­tic­i­pated world uni­fi­ca­tion fight with the gi­ant Brit will be­come a reality in the next cou­ple of days. It will be the cul­mi­na­tion of months of tense ne­go­ti­a­tions for a $40mplus pro­mo­tion tipped for March 31 in Cardiff where Parker could earn more than $13m.

“It is life-chang­ing, not only for my­self but for my par­ents and my fam­ily.

“It’s been a great team effort to get to this stage and I pay trib­ute to my man­age­ment team, and my par­ents, my le­gal team. Not many peo­ple re­alise what is in­volved with some­thing like this, it’s so big and com­pli­cated. There are so many peo­ple to say thank-you to.” Parker made no apolo­gies for his team’s ag­gres­sive ap­proach to flush­ing out Joshua where they have pub­licly ques­tioned his “glass chin” and “ro­botic” style.

Joseph Parker

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