Spar­ring part­ner backs Parker to put on show

One thing I can say about Joseph is he’s ex­tremely con­cen­trated, he’s a man about his busi­ness.

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT - By Pa­trick McKendry

Joseph Parker’s spar­ring part­ner Ma­lik Scott, a man who has trained with Deon­tay Wilder and Wladimir Kl­itschko, is ex­pect­ing a “spec­tac­u­lar” vic­tory for the New Zealand heavy­weight in his world ti­tle de­fence against Hughie Fury.

Scott, a 36-year-old Amer­i­can who has a 38-win, 3-loss pro­fes­sional record, said Parker was more than ready to beat Fury in Manch­ester on Septem­ber 23, adding the English­man has never been in the ring with a fighter of Parker’s qual­ity.

“In my opin­ion, he was ready last week some time,” Scott said of Parker. “Ob­vi­ously we have a few more weeks for prepa­ra­tion. The in­ter­est­ing thing about this fight is I’ve never seen Hughie Fury in with a guy like Joe Parker. I’m look­ing for Joe Parker to be vic­to­ri­ous and we are hav­ing a great camp.

“As far as my com­par­isons, be­cause that’s what I do a lot of times, I com­pare op­po­nents, I com­pare camps, out of the Wladimir camp, the Deon­tay camp, the Joseph Parker camp, one thing I can say about Joseph is he’s ex­tremely con­cen­trated, he’s a man about his busi­ness, he comes, he’s train­ing, he’s re­spect­ful and I’m look­ing for him to be very vic­to­ri­ous and spec­tac­u­lar.”

Parker is near­ing the end of his eight-week camp ahead of his fight against Fury, his first in the United King­dom. While his visit to Manch­ester in July to pro­mote the fight with the un­de­feated Fury was marked by mu­tual re­spect be­tween the pair, an edge has since de­vel­oped.

The 25-year-old Kiwi has mocked Fury’s “old-school” train­ing tech­niques of chop­ping wood and punch­ing an­i­mal car­casses, pre­fer­ring to fo­cus on more sci­en­tific meth­ods. There will also be re­sent­ment from the Parker camp about the way Fury with­drew from their sched­uled fight in Auck­land in May at the last mo­ment be­cause of a back in­jury.

A vic­tory over Fury in the sec­ond de­fence of his WBO ti­tle will al­low Parker to look at more lu­cra­tive fights in Bri­tain as early as De­cem­ber. Parker's pro­mot­ers Duco will be con­fi­dent of vic­tory, but there will be some anx­i­ety should he not start well.

Parker and his camp will leave for Lon­don in just over a fort­night to put the fi­nal touches on their prepa­ra­tions be­fore trav­el­ling to Manch­ester on the Wed­nes­day be­fore the fight, and trainer Kevin Barry is happy with his man’s prepa­ra­tions.

“Joe is right where I need him to be,” Barry said. “His strength lev­els are very, very good, fit­ness is good, we are over half­way through our spar­ring phase, and he’s look­ing bet­ter ev­ery sin­gle week.”

One of the ben­e­fits of Parker bas­ing him­self in Las Ve­gas is the ac­cess to qual­ity spar­ring part­ners and the ex­pe­ri­enced Scott, who went 12 rounds with renowned Cuban heavy­weight Luis Or­tiz in his last fight last year, ap­pears to fit the bill.

His long reach (2.06m) should help Parker pre­pare for the awk­ward style of Fury, who is likely to fight on the back foot and use the ring rather than want­ing to en­gage on the in­side.

Ma­lik Scott

Duco Box­ing

Joseph Parker (left) has a fan in Amer­i­can Ma­lik Scott.

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