Parker win will un­lock riches

Sunday Star-Times - - SPORT - DUN­CAN JOHN­STONE IN MANCH­ESTER

The main thing he wants to keep busy. The pro­tracted ne­go­ti­a­tions to get the Fury fight hap­pen­ing have seen him in the ring just twice this year, when he is used to fight­ing five times an­nu­ally.

He will re­turn to Auck­land to see his baby daugh­ter for a break and then hit the gym in Las Ve­gas again, ide­ally lac­ing up his fight gloves again for a De­cem­ber bout.

The same the­ory ap­plies if he lost his un­beaten record to Fury. Duco’s plan has al­ways been ‘‘to jump back on the horse straight away’’.

But that could mean a lesser class of op­po­nent and even re­turn­ing to New Zealand to re­build the foun­da­tions where the 25-year-old Parker has made his name dur­ing a 23-0 ca­reer.

Peter Fury, the clever trainer in charge of his son Hughie for this ti­tle fight, said there would be no shame for who­ever lost their un­beaten record in Manch­ester and in­sisted both fight­ers were young enough to re­bound and stay in the mix.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely, that’s all about who makes the mis­takes and learns from them,’’ Fury said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one goes on about the ‘0’ and be­ing un­beaten, but it doesn’t mean any­thing. Did Muham­mad Ali come back from it? Did the great­est fighter of all time come back from it? Of course he did.

‘‘You wipe your­self down and go back in the gym, you’re a fighter. These guys are both young heavy­weights, they don’t re­ally come into their own un­til they’re 28 to 30 years old. They have all to gain and noth­ing to lose re­ally.

‘‘I think it’s a good heavy­weight di­vi­sion right now, it’s red-hot and there are some good fight­ers out there.’’ Who: Where: Manch­ester, UK When: Main cov­er­age starts at 8am to­day (NZT) is, OPIN­ION: If Joseph Parker can take the com­po­sure he’s shown dur­ing fight week into the ring on fight night he should go well.

Parker has looked ev­ery bit the cham­pion as he has pa­raded his WBO belt around Lon­don and Manch­ester, earn­ing warm re­spect and keep­ing a cool de­meanour un­der some try­ing cir­cum­stances.

The weigh-in scuf­fle was a case of Parker get­ting a men­tal edge over Hughie Fury on the eve of the fight, smil­ing off the chal­lenger’s

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Nehe Mil­ner-Skud­der.

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