Joseph Parker’s golden chance
Boxing Great Barry McGuigan expects Joseph Parker to comfortably beat Hughie Fury and ‘‘announce himself as a serious player’’ in boxing’s heavyweight elite ranks.
Parker defends his WBO title for the first time when he takes on Fury in Auckland on May 6.
It’s a chance for the unbeaten Kiwi to emphasise his credentials to the massive British audience as the heavyweight scene looks to sort out the top tier of talent.
McGuigan, the Irish featherweight who held the WBA and Lineal titles during a long period of dominance in the 1980s, already has plenty of respect for Parker.
‘‘I expect Joseph Parker’s defence of his WBO scrap against Hughie Fury in Auckland to announce him as a serious player,’’ McGuigan, a Boxing Hall of Fame member, wrote in The Mirror where he is the newspaper’s boxing pundit.
‘‘The Parker fight has come too soon for Hughie, who is underdeveloped and has yet to show he has the experience or tools to compete at this level. He might prove me wrong, and I hope he does, but I’m seeing a Parker win all day and a new name in an enthralling mix.’’
McGuigan predicts a ‘‘fascinating time’’ for the division that has Parker one of the holders of the four major belts alongside American Deontay Wilder (WBC) and Anthony Joshua (IBF), with Joshua fighting in late in April.