Parker’s win­ning recipe

The Southland Times - - Sport - Dun­can John­stone

Pa­tience, pre­ci­sion and power are the three in­gre­di­ents Joseph Parker is look­ing to com­bine to ig­nite his stalled heavy­weight ca­reer.

Two con­sec­u­tive losses have Parker need­ing a sig­na­ture win against Amer­i­can-Mex­i­can Alexan­der Flores in Christchurch next week or he risks slip­ping fur­ther off the ti­tle pace.

Trainer Kevin Barry is de­mand­ing an ‘‘ex­plo­sive per­for­mance’’ from the for­mer WBO cham­pion and Parker is feel­ing the heat to pro­duce his first knock­out win in more than two years though he is try­ing to ease the bur­den of ex­pec­ta­tion.

‘‘I don’t want to be hyp­ing it up. I know I have got the power to knock him out, I know I have got the power to re­ally hurt him. But I will leave that in the ring,’’ Parker said as he con­tin­ued ta­per­ing his train­ing in Auck­land be­fore trans­fer­ring south to­mor­row.

‘‘Some­times when you say it and some­times when you go look­ing for it, it doesn’t hap­pen

. . . kind of re­lax and let it flow nat­u­rally. When it flows nat­u­rally that punch will land and when it lands it will be dan­ger­ous . . . he’ll be cry­ing.

‘‘It’s about mak­ing sure ev­ery punch has mean­ing to it, not just let­ting it go for any rea­son.’’

There’s an in­ner con­fi­dence in Parker on the back of a Las Ve­gas train­ing camp where he has in­creased his strength and con­di­tion­ing work by about 30 per cent on the camps he used for his losses to An­thony Joshua and Dil­lian Whyte.

He feels his power has in­creased and he has also used his new strength to build a more ag­gres­sive ap­proach, mind­ful that he was bul­lied by Whyte.

Flores ar­rived in Auck­land on Thurs­day and had an open train­ing ses­sion yesterday.

He has been very vo­cal about his be­lief that he will be­come the first fighter to knock out Parker.

That has been brushed off by Barry who noted that Parker had gone the dis­tance with world class fighters. But Barry un­der­stands where Flores is com­ing from with the mind games he is play­ing with Parker, who he clearly sees as vul­ner­a­ble. ‘‘He knows the pres­sure is on Joe, there’s no pres­sure on him and that’s what makes Alexan­der Flores a very dan­ger­ous guy for us,’’ Barry said. ‘‘He’s look­ing at Joe com­ing off losses in his last two fights and he likes the po­si­tion that we are in.’’

AN­DREW CORNAGA/PHO­TO­SPORT

New Zealand heavy­weight boxer Joseph Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion ahead of his fight in Christchurch next week.

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