Joseph Parker up to No 6 with IBF as NZ heavyweight boxer's profile builds
Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has started the year with a bang, leaping to No 6 on the IBF rankings. It's another significant move by the 23-year-old as he prepares to open a busy year with a January 23 fight against American southpaw Jason Bergman in Samoa. The sanctioning bodies have just updated their rankings and Parker lifts four places from No 10 with the IBF to be at No 6.
He is rated by all four major bodies with the improvement in IBF ratings coming alongside a No 3 ranking with the WBO, No 10 with the WBC and No 12 with the WBA.
"It's a great way to start the year," Parker's trainer Kevin Barry said of the big jump on the IBF list. Parker's handlers are eager to manoeuvre him close to a title fight by the end of the year. The division was rocked by Britain's Tyson Fury scoring a unanimous points decision against long-standing champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Their rematch will have a significant influence on the way the heavyweight ranks shape but Parker is clearly positioned well to maximise any opportunities.
Parker is 17-0 with 15 knockouts. His handlers Duco Events are committed to increasing the class of his opponents with an eye to having him ready to challenge for a world title.
Parker growing respect in Europe is reflected in a article produced by specialist Irish sporting website The42.ie, where they list Parker alongside rising British star Anthony Joshua as "one to watch".
"Explosive Joseph Parker and it's a name worth remembering," they said, adding that "New Zealand hasn't had a talent like him since David Tua burst on to the heavyweight scene 20 years ago."
They said a matchup against Joshua appeared inevitable and would be "tasty".
"Don't discount the New Zealander … he is blessed with speed and power, is in capable hands with former Olympic medallist (silver in Los Angeles, 1984) Kevin Barry in his corner.
"The orthodox fighter has swatted aside all rivals before him to date with his last five bouts only lasting a combined 12 rounds. Most of Parker's fights have taken place in New Zealand so he is still under the radar in the grand scheme of things.
"New Zealand is already excited about this guy, it's time the rest of the world was too."
Boxing: Joseph Parker - I could have title fight this year
It was a pretty quiet New Year's Eve for Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker but says he's set to make some "big noise" in 2016 confident he can beat any other fighter in the world.
Parker had an impressive year in 2015 notching up five victories to improve his record to 17-0 but with another fight on the horizon he was up early yesterday morning is Las Vegas to take part in training.
Ahead of his next fight against American Jason Bergman in Apia later this month, Parker told Newstalk ZB's Tony Veitch that he's definitely going to step up the opponents over the next 12 months.
"I know a lot of people that watch my fights are frustrated that the fights end quickly but I can promise you this year we're definitely going to step up the opponents and it's going to be a lot more interesting fights. We're getting closer to that goal of being champion of the world and I think this year we can make some big noise around the world."
Parker said things have changed over the last year where the boxing world, including current heavyweight champions Tyson Fury, is starting to pay attention to the 23-year-old from South Auckland.
"A lot of the big boxing writers, the big boxing network channels, they're definitely taking notice of what we're doing. Tyson Fury, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, messaged us before and after the fight wishing us luck. We're definitely keeping in touch with those big names.
"Before I looked at myself as a sparring partner for these big names but now we're looking at our team as contenders and we can contend for that title."
Parker told Veitch he's confident he could beat any other fighter in the world.
"I'm getting more confident in what I can do in the ring and that just comes with hard work and training. I believe it when I say I can beat anyone if I have a great training camp. I can beat Tyson Fury, [Wladimir] Klitschko, I can beat [Deontay] Wilder. I just need a great training camp and I know I can do the job."
Parker said the amount of support he has received from fans over the last 12 months has been humbling as his popularity continues to grow.
"When I first started off, a lot of people didn't know who we were or what we're doing but now you can see a big difference and everyone is behind us...it's amazing."
"Walking down the street it's a humbling feeling. Everyone stopping you for photos and autographs, it's real humbling. It's a weird feeling but I'm slowly getting used to it."
It's a feeling he better get used to. A successful world title fight in 2016 and he'll have a lot more photos and autograph requests.
- NZ Herald
Respected boxing publication The Ring has named Joseph Parker one of its five finalists for prospect of the year. The 23-year-old Kiwi registered a perfect five knockouts from five bouts in 2015 to improve his record to 17-0 (15 KOs) and continue his rise up the heavyweight division. All of his fights may have taken place in New Zealand but his explosive power certainly caught the eye of the American-based magazine.
Hard-hitting New Zealand heavyweight punched his way through five capable opponents, none of whom managed to extend the 23-year-old beyond four rounds," The Ring wrote on its website.The other finalists are English welterweight Jack Catterall, Mexican junior featherweight Diego de la Hoya, the cousin of six-weight world champion Oscar De La Hoya, American middleweight Antoine Douglas and Japanese junior bantamweight Takuma Inoue.
The winner will be announced in January.
Parker, who is the third-ranked heavyweight by the WBO, opened 2015 with his longest fight of the year, flooring American Jason Pettaway in the fourth round.
He went on to record victories over German Yakup Saglam and Aussie duo Bowie Tupou and Kali Meehan before closing out the year with a first-round KO of American Daniel Martz at the Fight for Life in Hamilton.
Parker heads straight back into the ring in 2016 with a bout against another American, southpaw Jason Bergman, in Samoa on January 23.
Parker's team have been criticised for putting him up against no-name opponents but following the Fight the Life trainer Kevin Barry said that would change in 2016 as they push for a title shot.
"Next year we have a number of top-10 fighters that we're negotiating with now that we're going to put in front of Joseph Parker," Barry said.
By Ross Karl
Joe Parker loves a jam and you'll find him doing it with old friend Ravi Kumar aka 'BKidd'. Boxing fans might not realise it, but they've heard him because Parker asked him to make his walk out song.
"He was kind of talking to me for a while about it, like: 'when are you going to make me a song man, I'm tired of walking out to this song I've been walking out to' and after a while I started putting some effort into it and looking out for beats and stuff," Kumar said.
"It's a song that gives me a good feeling when I'm walking out and a good buzz and it just prepares me," Parker said.
Like boxing, making your way as a rapper isn't easy so they're looking out for each other.
"It's hard to get your music on if no one really knows who you are. I've come across a couple of people who say 'you make really good music' and I'm like 'cool, can you help me out then?' And they're like 'but no one knows you!'" Kumar said.
He even had to convert Parker to hip-hop because Elvis Presley used to be more his style.
"I'm like 'you should listen to Kendrick Lamar' and he's like 'sweet' and when he comes back from camp he knows all the songs and he knows the words better than me," Kumar joked.
World rated heavyweight despatched Daniel Martz with a blistering right hand in front of a vocal Claudelands Arena in the very first round of their scheduled 12 round contest. Earlier in the evening stable mate Izu Ugonoh knocked out Vicente Sandez also in the first round of their fight with a devastating short right hand to improve to 15(12)-0. Ugonoh came out firing a very sharp jab and double jab and knocked down Sandez with his first straight right hand which left the Mexican unwilling or unable to continue, Ugonoh finishing the job 2 rounds quicker than Charles Martin was able to manage when he fought Sandez earlier in the year.
On the chief undercard fight Australian Jeff Horn battled to a decisive unanimous decision over talented Frenchman Ahmed El Mousaoui ina spirited give and take affair to improve to 13(8)-0-1. Horn controlled the pace of the fight, using his trademark in and out movement. The fight was fought at a brisk pace and after weathering the early storm El Mousaoui finished strongly down the stretch but Horn was never really troubled and cruised to a handy decision victory which should move him up in the rankings with various organizations.
In the main event Joseph Parker demolished Daniel Martz in under two minutes of the first round. Parker started off with crisp jabs and a couple of telling right hands to the body. Parker then used left hooks to walk Martz onto an overhand right hand that landed just behind the ear of Martz leaving the American discombobulated and unable to continue.
It has been a good week for the Kiwi fighter who has now landed at number 10 on the updated IBF rankings and leaving him in a prime position to push for a mandatory position in 2016.
Parker’s handlers have stated that they continue to keep their man busy in 2016 hoping to fight him up to 6 times in the next 12 months which should make for some exciting fights in a heavyweight division which has now been electrified with Tyson Fury’s upset win over Wladimir Klitschko last week.
Parker’s next assignment takes place in Samoa on January against American southpaw Jason Bergman on January 23rd.
Parker camp says Briggs, Browne, Glazkov, Arreola, Wach, Teper, de Mori turned down offers
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #5, IBF #10, WBC #11, WBA #12 Joseph Parker (17-0, 15 KOs) scored a sensational KO victory in round one over Daniel Martz (14-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday in Hamilton, New Zealand which was his fifth victory in 2015. Other wins included KOs over former world rated Kali Meehan and Bowie Tupou.
Stuart Duncan who is the matchmaker for Parker’s promoter, Duco Events has talked to Fightnews.com® to say there have been several world rated heavyweights who have rejected very good offers to travel to New Zealand and clash with the 23-year-old Parker. “Shannon Briggs rejected a substantial offer to fight Joseph Parker,” Duncan said. “We also made a good offer to current IBF #1 Glazkov for a bout with Parker, before he was the IBF mandatory, that was rejected.”
“We have made substantial offers to the management of Chris Arreola, Mariusz Wach, Erkan Teper, Mark de Mori and Solomon Haumono. All offers were rejected. There was a four-fight million dollar offer made to the management of Lucas Browne that included a bout with Parker that was rejected. Edmond Gerber was given a very good offer that was rejected. Arnold Gjerjaj who is 29-0 and European champion – rejected a very good offer to fight Parker.”
Jason Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs) will be Parker’s next opponent when they clash over twelve rounds at the Faleata Sports Complex, Apia on January 23rd.
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Joseph Parker has scored an emphatic first-round technical knockout win over Daniel Martz at the Fight For Life in Hamilton on Saturday night. As expected, the Kiwi prodigy wasted no time in flooring the 2.02m American at Claudelands Arena, for a super quick TKO victory. Parker made Martz wait for an eternity in the ring when making his entrance, but then took just one minute and 57 seconds to floor the big-talking Martz flat on his face with a big swinging right punch to the left-side of his head.
Martz, dubbed The Mountain, was a rank outsider at the TAB, paying $10 to Parker's $1.03, though he had talked up his chances in the leadup to the bout.
He carried more than a 5kg weight advantage, and was the tallest fighter Parker had faced. This was the 25-year-old's first fight outside his home country and he came into it with a record of 14 wins, two losses and a draw. He was out to make it as rough as possible, but left having hardly landed a shot.
He copped a few body blows early from Parker, before suffering a number to the head as well, before the defining blow. Parker, 23, retains his WBO Oriental heavyweight title and his record now stands at 17-0, as thoughts of a world title shot ever increase.
He was a delighted man after the fight, as he capped his year off in brilliant style. oseph Parker and his entourage show off his championship belts after his impressive first-round TKO of Daniel Martz at the Fight 4 Life.
"I'm happy, now I can go have a burger," Parker quipped. "Half-price BK Chicken I think it was, so I can have one of those.
"We train our arses off in the gym and give it 110 per cent so it's always great to get a good result."
Parker said taking on a man the size of Martz was always going to be good for his development, as he learns how to use his 1.93m frame in a slightly different fashion.
"The majority of them are all bigger than I am, so it's good to start practising now," he said of the other fighters in the heavyweight division. "I'm not saying that Daniel Martz wasn't a contender, but I'm just saying it's good to start somewhere and he was a perfect opponent to end the year with. And I caught him with a few good shots, that I'm happy with.
"But he talked it up because he believed in himself and what he can do in the ring. It's just that he came across someone, and I believe that my strengths in the ring are speed, movement and a lot of power, throughout my time with [trainer] Kevin [Barry], and I used them tonight."
Despite the easy victory Parker was still thinking of how he should have made better angles and how he can improve for his next bout.
That comes on January 23 in Samoa against Jason Bergman.
That fight was announced at the same time as this one was, but Parker had been so focused on the one challenge in front of him that he will now shift his thoughts, ahead of flying back to his training base in Las Vegas next weekend.
"I have to find out what his name is now, because I forgot what his name was... my full focus was on Daniel Martz leading up to this fight," he said.
"I leave on Sunday and we've got a four-week camp so we'll train through Christmas and New Years. Probably Christmas I can have something nice to eat, if Kevin allows me."
Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker has cruised to his 17th consecutive win, this time a brutal knock out of Daniel Martz in round one at the Fight for Life in Hamilton.
Parker's night was predictably brief, the American slugger given minimal chance by public and punters and the gulf in class between the fighters was glaring from the outset.
After finding his range with the left hook, Parker planted a rugged left to the body and came over the top with a power-house right hand right behind the ear of Martz, sending the towering American to the canvas with a thud.
Martz attempted to answer the referee's count but wasn't able to do so, handing Parker his 15th win by knock out.
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Joseph Parker makes light work of American Daniel Martz
New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker barely broke a sweat when defeating American Daniel Martz by TKO in Hamilton tonight.
Parker's unblemished record, which now stands at 17-0 with 15 knockouts, was hardly put to the test as he ended the fight with a right cross that landed flush to the side of Martz's head just under two minutes into the first round.
The 2.03m Martz (14-2-1) - nicknamed 'The Mountain' - is the tallest opponent Parker has faced and bravely rose from the canvas to beat the count but was clearly unable to continue on wobbly legs.
It was the perfect finish to a night that marked Parker's rise to 10th in IBF heavyweight rankings, with promoter Dean Lonergan insisting a highly anticipated world title bout could be locked in as early as July.
"Joseph Parker today went to number 10 in the IBF," Longergan said. "That's fascinating because Tyson Fury will throw in the belt for the IBF.
"Vyacheslav Glazkov, who's the current number one, will fight Charles Martin and very soon we could be in that number one to be fighting for the heavyweight title of the world in the IBF.
"The actual fight will take some time to get but we can get there in eight months."
After his fifth win of in 2015 - after also knocking out American Jason Pettaway, German Yakup Saglam, Bowie Tupou and Khali Meehan – Parker didn't hide his desire to take on the current world champion Tyson Fury but insisted he's in no rush.
"I'm happy that all these guys support me and think that I'm ready for it, I know I've still got a lot to work on," Parker said.
"But we're not too far behind. I think with the plan we have in plac we can get there very soon."
The win saw Parker retain his four belts ahead of his next matchup against American Jason Bergman (25-11-2) in Samoa in January.
Joseph Parker Interview: Work, work and then more work
Before we get to the interview we must fast forward one day past our first sit-down when I catch up with Joseph Parker, stable mate Izu Ugonoh and trainer Kevin Barry to watch as Tyson Fury dethrones Wladimir Klitschko and assume the mantle as the king of the heavyweight division.
Both Parker and Ugonoh had been part of a recent training camp with Klitschko and there had also been some talk of Joseph Parker joining Fury’s camp for this fight. A scheduling conflict meant Parker couldn’t make it, which may well work in his favour should he have to cross paths with Fury in the future. It’s an interesting exercise to sit with professional fighters as they watch the work of their contemporaries and possible future opponents.
Interestingly before the fight neither Kevin Barry nor Joseph or Izu were prepared to dismiss Fury’s chances out of hand, the general consensus being that he was very much a live underdog going into the contest.
There is also a sense sitting around the table as we watch the fight unfold that, it’s upsets like these that provide the fuel for young up-and-coming fighters to put in that extra work as they attempt to emulate the same feat that Tyson Fury has just accomplished.
It also makes a little more sense as to why the 6,7” Daniel Martz has been chosen as Parker’s next opponent, with trainer Kevin Barry being very vocal about starting to put his fighter in with bigger and bigger men as Parker begins his preparation for facing larger obstacles like Tyson Fury in earnest.
ESB: Daniel Martz he’s a big guy?
Joseph: Yeah, he’ll be the tallest I’ve ever faced. I’ve studied him on YouTube, he’s definitely a decent sized guy to go up against.
ESB: I know in taking the Kali Meehan fight you liked the size of Meehan and also wanted to face someone experienced. With Martz, apart from his size and height what else attracted your team to him as an opponent?
Joseph: That’s right we liked the size and experience of Meehan but when I got in the ring with him I felt he perhaps didn’t use that experience to his full advantage, he didn’t keep me at bay, he allowed me to come in on him. I think with Martz he looks like the kind of guy that can control the distance and that when I do get inside he will use his body and size to tire me out and tie me up. I’m looking for that type of specific challenge.
Punching upward is a lot different to punching straight on or even downwards. Even on the heavy bag Kevin has put some tape up high on the bag to aim at. This is a crucial part of my development.
ESB: From a technical standpoint, not Martz specifically, but more in general terms and thinking about potential future opponents like Fury, Wilder or Joshua, what are the basics for successfully fighting a bigger opponent?
Joseph: These guys are all massive, so for me everything starts off with the jab. The jab moves you in to position to throw combinations. Even if you are the smaller guy if you time the jab right you can land it, just like Mike Tyson used to. With a bigger guy Kevin has taught me how to ‘step in’ with the jab more, controlling the distance by using angles.
ESB: I know due to existing commitments you couldn’t make the camp with Tyson Fury but I guess that would have been a unique opportunity to work with a much taller guy?
Joseph: It would have been one of the best experiences not just sparring with a taller guy, but a guy already at the top level and he does have a really good jab as well. We tried our very best to see if we could fit it in to the schedule but in the end we couldn’t quite make it work. We were honoured that they could see us as someone that could help them.
ESB: Having had a chance to develop for over 2 years now with Kevin Barry what do you personally regard as your strengths as a fighter. If you were fighting you, what would you be wary if?
Joseph: My speed and now my movement. I like to use the ring, use my legs. I’ve spent a lot of time conditioning them for that reason. And I throw a lot of punches, a lot of combinations. I remember Kevin saying if you ever lose because someone is better than you then that is fair enough, but if you lose because someone is better conditioned than you, then you haven’t worked hard enough.
ESB: I know in some fights there have been times when you’ve had to fight moving backwards. I know Kevin likes you to be on the front foot as often as possible, but it’s not a bad ability to possess as there are going to be periods in tough fights where you don’t have it all your own way.
Joseph: Yeah of course. In most fights you will plan on coming forward and applying pressure but like you say there will be moments in a round where the opponent has that front foot advantage and you have to be prepared to be able to fight going backwards. I haven’t had to fight backwards a lot but I am comfortable when I have had to.
ESB: And you’re also developing an inside game as well. I’m sure a lot of your future opponents, some of those bigger guys will be looking to lie on you, maul you, tie you up. So that will be important skill to possess?
Joseph: Fighting from the outside is what we like to do, but developing our inside game is going to be a big part of the strategy going forward. Some guys love to fight the inside game and we must be prepared for that type of fighter.
ESB: I know you also received a last minute offer to fight on the Canelo/Cotto undercard but you had to turn that down as well?
Joseph: Yes, unfortunately we had to turn that down immediately as it simply didn’t fit into our schedule. It was a great opportunity but if you rush these things then you might rush into something you haven’t planned, like a right hand! (Laughs.)
ESB: We are now very much in an instant gratification generation where some fans expect you to fight for a title tomorrow, but when comparing your career so far to a past Kiwi favourite David Tua, although you are very different fighters, I checked and his 17th opponent was Cecil Coffee. So all things being equal a guy like Daniel Martz is the right opponent at this point in your career still being so young?
Joseph: It’s not easy trying to build a career. You have to put a structure and a plan in place. It’s a marathon not a sprint. Us as the fighters we have to train hard and fight obviously but behind the scenes there is a lot more going on, we have a whole team working away and a lot to deal with. So yes we’re very happy with where we are at right now.
ESB: And quite often the public doesn’t understand that for every opponent that you face there is often a dozen or so names that have already turned you down?
Joseph: Correct, we have offered a lot of fights to many of the top fighters and they have turned us down. But we prefer not to name names; we just keep it in the background and concentrate on what we’re trying to do.
ESB: I know you are concentrating on this fight but it is no secret that you do have another fight scheduled in your parents home country of Samoa in January, pretty much straight after this one. How long has that been in the pipeline and what does it mean to you to be fighting over there?
Joseph: We’ve talked about it for around a year and a half and the reason we wanted to do it is because Samoa has produced a lot of great fighters, in fact a lot of great athletes, and when the All Blacks (New Zealand’s national rugby team) went over to Samoa the whole country got behind it so we saw it as an opportunity to take boxing over there as well.
ESB: This is being fought at a time of the year when you could theoretically be sitting on a beach eating some slightly bad food and enjoying the fruits of your labour?
Joseph: I’m actually excited just to be fighting in Samoa as everyone is all excited and preparing for it. It will be great for the country and I’m excited to give people the opportunity to see me fight there.
Indeed it promises to be a great event for a small island country starved of international sport, reduced to viewing it through the looking glass of TV. However before Parker can concentrate on his January assignment he must first get past the large proposition that is Daniel Martz. Expect Parker to work his way in through his trademark jab and target Martz’s long torso. Martz has also shown vulnerability to a big right hand, a fact that will not have escaped either Joseph Parker or his trainer Kevin Barry.
On paper this is a fight that the young prospect should be able to close out in the early rounds but having just sat with Parker and watched Tyson Fury upset the apple cart in Germany you’re always reminded that in boxing and with heavyweights in particular anything can happen and oftentimes it does.
Joseph Parker 16(14)-0 faces Daniel Martz 14(11)-2-1 at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton on December 5th.
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Joseph Parker's trainer reckons the New Zealand heavyweight has ironed out the kinks of his early professional fights and has already hit the fine-tuning point of his young career. Parker, 23, puts his unbeaten 16-fight record and the WBO Oriental title on the line against towering American Daniel Martz in Hamilton on Saturday.
Martz, who has won 14 of 17 fights, is threatening to knock the quick-moving Kiwi off his stride with a brawling approach. Trainer Kevin Barry says he respects the West Virginia fighter's ability but is confident Parker can handle anything thrown at him from the 25-year-old. Barry doesn't believe his charge will be as easily knocked off his stride as in relatively unimpressive wins over New Zealander Afa Tatupu, Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento and American Sherman Williams - the three fights which threw up the biggest question marks over Parker's ability. "Those instances were very early in Joe's career," Barry said.
"Coming into three years as a professional, he's a far more mature fighter now. "We're looking for a very high standard of performance. It's not just looking for the win, it's how we win. "I set several challenges in every fight we have. It's up to Joe on game day to put these things into practice." Barry appreciated the chance to put Parker up against a tall fighter in the 2.02m Martz. Many of the world's top-ranked fighters now boast height as an asset, including newly-crowned British world champion Tyson Fury.
"We've worked on several things in the gym which Joseph needs to execute if we're going to be competitive against some of the top guys in the division."
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Joseph Parker's confidence is at an all-time high with the unbeaten Kiwi heavyweight saying he is capable of beating new world champion Tyson Fury and former champion Wladimir Klitschko. Ahead of his bout against American brawler Daniel 'The Mountain' Martz at the Fight for Life in Hamilton on Saturday, Parker's camp believe there is not a fighter in the world the 23-year-old couldn't handle.
"If I train hard and have a great training camp and I'm as prepared as I can be, I can take any heavyweight in the world," said Parker. Parker's trainer Kevin Barry agreed, and after watching Klitschko's underwhelming performance in Sunday's loss to Fury said his young charge would have knocked the towering Ukrainian out in timely fashion. "I would definitely back Joe with the performance that Klitschko gave last Sunday," said Barry. "I watched the fight on Sunday as a fan, but also as a coach, and I saw a lot of opportunities.
"I honestly believe from the bottom of my heart that not only would he have beaten Klitschko last Sunday, he would have knocked him out." Barry was critical of Klitschko's dour approach to the Fury bout and said Parker's fast hand speed and footwork would be too much for the 39-year-old to cope with. Whatever height advantage the 1.98m Klitschko might have over Parker (1.93m) would be levelled by the South Aucklander's quick punching ability and shot variation.
"You can't defend your heavyweight title throwing 16 power punches and landing a total of 56 punches in a 12 round fight," he said. "Joe can land 56 punches in one round. "The hand speed definitely cancels out a lot of the advantages that some of the taller guys may have." Parker says Fury's victory will give heavyweight boxing a much needed boost and praised the Englishman for backing himself, both prior to the bout and in the ring against Klitschko. "With Klitschko losing it brings a whole lot of excitement to the heavyweight division," said Parker. "The reason I say that is because if Klitschko had won everyone would say 'the champion did it again, he's won and was expected to win'.
"But it was an upset and Tyson, he talked a lot but he actually backed himself, and he did all he had to do to win. "I thought he wasn't going to get the decision because it was in Germany, but I was happy he got the decision. He wasn't robbed, but he deserves it, he trains hard and worked hard."
- NZ Herald
1:44 PM Tuesday Dec 1, 2015
American boxer Daniel Martz has warned Joseph Parker that he's not here to provide practice for the unbeaten Kiwi heavyweight at Saturday's Fight for Life event in Hamilton. The 2.03m Martz (14-2-1) - nicknamed 'The Mountain' - is the tallest fighter Parker has faced in his 16 fight career since 2012. While he understands he has been enlisted to further Parker's development and help prepare him for fights against bigger and taller opponents, the 25-year-old brawler from Clarksburg, West Virginia has no interest in being a mere stepping stone on his journey to a title challenge.
"I don't feel like I'm practice. I'm a lot more than practice and on Saturday night everybody's going to see that," Martz said. "I'm going to push him around. I'm going to try to use my size to my advantage."
Martz packs a big right hand jab and arrived in Auckland on Sunday brimming with confidence after a productive month-long training camp in Russia with former world champion Alexander Povetkin. While not dismissive of Parker's record (16 wins, 14 knockouts), he believes his past opponents have lacked the ability to really test him, and says his own rugged and uncompromising style will hold him in good stead.
"He's fought some good fighters but fighters that were past their prime. I'm big, I'm strong, I'm going to make it a rough fight," he said. "He's got really fast hands, he's got good footwork, but that's one of the things for a good boxer that's the hardest to deal with, is someone that's coming in there and brawling.
"They're used to fighting and training with other good boxers, but I don't plan to do that. I plan to go in there and make it a tough street fight."
Tyson Fury's stunning upset victory over Wladimir Klitschko on Sunday has heightened expectations around when Parker might be able to land a title challenge, but Martz rates himself up there alongside the best in the division.
"I'm right up there with them all. I just sparred (40 rounds) with the number one ranked contender (Povetkin) in the world and I did very well with him and I'm right up there with all of the rest of them."
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Kevin Barry, who trains world rated heavyweights, WBO #5, WBC #11, WBA #12, Joseph Parker and WBO #15 Izuabe Ugonoh, talks to Fightnews about the Tyson Fury vs. Wladimir Klitschko world heavyweight title bout and the plan for both Joseph Parker and Izuabe Ugonoh in 2016.
Parker-Martz face off at final press conference
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs) collides with American Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (14-2-1, 11 KO’s) over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Clauderlands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Parker is coming off a three round demolition of former world title challenger Kali Meehan.
Kevin Barry, who trains Parker, said “Joseph Parker is rated #5 with the WBO, #11 with the WBC and #12 with the WBA and we are very confident that the IBF are going to put him in their next rankings. We’re going to continue to move up the rankings and next year there’s a very good chance we are going to see Joe fighting for a mandatory position with one of the organizations.
“Daniel Martz, at 6’7, is the tallest opponent Joe has faced and at 24 years of age, he’s a young guy who’s in his prime. Daniel had plenty of time to train for this fight – he knew three weeks prior to the fight being announced – so he has had two and a half months to train for this fight. He had four weeks in Russia training with Alexander Povetkin to help him prepare for the Wach fight. We know Martz is going to be in the best shape of his career.”
Parker is already scheduled to be in action again against experienced American southpaw Jason “Ironman” Bergman (25-11-2, 16 KOs) on January 23 at the Faleata Sports Complex in Apia, Samoa.
Both Martz and Bergman are managed by Pat Nelson.
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Kiwi boxing trainer and aficionado Kevin Barry wasn't mincing words when it came to assessing the performance of Tyson Fury in defeating incumbent heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko this morning. The British fighter scored a unanimous decision win over Klitschko to snap a nine-year reign at the top of the division, a feat not lost on Barry. "It's massive news for heavyweight boxing," said Barry. "We've waited 10 years for somebody to knock the great Wladimir Klitschko off his throne."
Barry cited three key factors in the Russian's downfall. "I believe it was a combination of Klitschko getting old, Fury getting inside his head, and maybe he's actually starting to think of retiring now." As head trainer of top heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker, Barry was more invested than most in the result, confident his young charge would hold his own against either fighter.
"I believe in my heart that if we fought Klitschko today, Joe would've knocked him out."
A look at Daniel Martz's record suggests he's not in Joseph Parker's class, but judging by his Twitter page, he's got plenty of game when it comes to banter. All the pre-fight chat should make for an interesting build up to next month's Fight for Life where undefeated Parker will take on the 2.02m American. Martz doesn't mince words on Twitter, writing rather succinctly, "I beat people up" in his profile's job description. However, with 140 characters to play with, the prolific tweeter drops plenty of bombs, and he's clearly not short on confidence.
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Joseph Parker has no doubt his American opponent Daniel Martz will be in good shape, arriving in New Zealand off a training camp with former world champion Alexander Povetkin. The unbeaten heavyweight Parker fights Martz (14-2-1) as the headline act in next week's Fight For Life in Hamilton. Parker has arrived in Auckland after a month's training in Las Vegas following his impressive knockout win over Kali Meehan that took him to No 5 in the WBO rankings. Martz hasn't fought since July but he's had plenty on his hands. He spent four weeks in Russia helping Povetkin prepare for his recent win over Poland's Mariusz Wach. Povetkin, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist, scored a 12th round TKO. Povetkin, who won the WBA heavyweight title in 2011 and defended it four times before suffering his only loss to Wladimir Klitschko, is now the WBC's mandatory challenger and is waiting patiently for his crack at champion Deontay Wilder. Being in that sort of company is a big rap for the 25-year-old Martz who hails from Clarksburg, West Virginia. "He's going to be coming here fit and with a lot of confidence. He wouldn't be sparring with Povetkin if he wasn't up to it," Parker said of Martz who arrives in Auckland on Sunday. Parker's trainer Kevin Barry agreed.
"We know that Martz will be in the best shape that he has been in. He's a big young guy and he will bring some challenges. These are all good things because we wanted the guy to come here in good shape. We gave him plenty of time to prepare, so there will be no excuses from him," Barry said. Parker has been sparring big fighters in Las Vegas to prepare for the 2.02m Martz who is dubbed "The Mountain". He has watched videos of Martz's fights and prepared accordingly. "He likes to use his size. He can box from the outside but he also likes to come in and smother you and sort of wrestle you and use his weight," Parker said of Martz. "I've seen a few openings that I think I can use when I fight him. I feel I have been executing the plan in our training camp, now the most important thing is to do it on the night." Barry described the game-plan as "simple and accurate". "I didn't want to complicate things for Joe given we only had four weeks. We have six main combinations for this guy, attacking him on both sides of the body and head. Jo has taken this on very, very well.
"We can't allow Martz to monster Joe when he's on his chest. The angles are very important for us in this fight. Joe's got fast hands but also fast feet so it's a matter of explode in and explode out."
By Steve Deane
Joseph Parker's January 23 bout in Samoa will help restore the once proud boxing nation to its former glory, the country's prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi believes.
"Boxing is a very popular sport here in Samoa," he said at a press conference confirming the world title contender would fight in his parents' homeland. Up until the 1980s, Samoan fighters dominated the medal count at the Pacific Games. Sadly, that heyday has passed.
"It has become an embarrassment," Mr Melielegaoi said. Parker's presence would hopefully change that by inspiring a new generation of youngsters.
Parker's fight will be part of a national Samoan tourism push and provide another "huge adrenaline rush" for the country, Alfred Schwalger of Rumble in Paradise naming rights sponsor Sifa said. Parker described the chance to fight in the homeland of parents Sala and Dempsey - the father named after boxing legend Jack Dempsey - as a dream come true.
"This is exciting. I have been fighting all around the world but is a dream for myself and my parents to be fighting in Samoa. Samoa is part of who I am and part of my culture and I want to give back to my people," he said.
Parker's opponent has not been named but his handlers revealed the fight would be the first time he faces a southpaw (left hander boxer), which would make it a challenging assignment. "We have to be very careful with the steps that we take with him and that is a big step," trainer Kevin Barry said.
"The timing is perfect for Joseph to come here. It is something that we have talked about for a long time and means a great deal to Joseph's parents Sala and Dempsey and his uncles."
It will be the fourth time Parker has fought overseas but the first time the fight promotion will be run by Duco, which sees the Samoa event as an important step towards its goal of staging Parker fights in the lucrative United States market.
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Joseph Parker's journey towards a heavyweight title fight will see him tested in the coming months against two new challenging opponents confirmed by promoters Duco Events today. The 23-year-old South Aucklander will take on 2.03m American, Daniel "The Mountain" Martz at the Fight for Life in Hamilton on December 5 before focusing on rugged American southpaw Jason Bergman at the Rumble in Paradise in Samoa on January 23. Martz will be the tallest opponent Parker has faced while the Bergman fight will be his first professional bout against a left-hander. Both fights loom as intriguing tests for the Kiwi-born Samoan with Martz having a proven reputation as brawler.
In the case of Bergman, Parker has not fought a southpaw since his amateur days. Duco Events director David Higgins said the time was right to expose Parker to some tougher fights and get him accustomed to tangling with bigger and taller opponents. "With Joseph having captured the public's imagination, we realise there is now tremendous interest and scrutiny in how we pick opponents," said Higgins. "So the message the fans can take from today's announcement is that we are serious about readying him for a world title shot. "Even though Joseph is 6'4" [1.93m], he is shorter than the biggest names in the heavyweight division like Wladimir Klitschko (1.98m); Deontay Wilder (2m) and Tyson Fury (2.05m)." Trainer Kevin Barry says a similar rationale is behind the selection of Bergman for the New Year showdown in Samoa.
"There are a number of quality southpaws in the heavyweight division, the most obvious being 6'1" (1.85m) WBA champion, Ruslan Chagaev," said Barry.
"Joe is currently ranked 13th by the WBA and rising fast so Chagaev is most definitely in our sights."Bergman, 31, fits the bill as a tough opponent with 16 wins from his last 18 bouts. The immediate focus though, is Martz with 11 of his 14 wins coming by way of knockout. At just 24, Martz is also the youngest opponent Parker will have faced. Parker will be the seventh undefeated opponent (16 wins, 14 knockouts) the towering American has fought in a three year, 17-fight professional career.
To put that in perspective, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather fought only three undefeated opponents in a glittering 18-year, 49-fight career.
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A contrast in size and styles awaits New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker with opponents confirmed for his next two fights. Parker faces his tallest opponent, 2.02m American journeyman Daniel Martz in the feature bout of the Fight For Life promotion in Hamilton on December 5. And, as promised, he will then take on a southpaw for the first time when he fights another American, experienced Jason Bergman, in Samoa on January 23. They are both seen as further steps in advancing the unbeaten Parker who is rising rapidly through the ranks. With the top tier of the division characterised by big men, Parker's handlers are eager to keep challenging him in that department.
"Even though Joseph is 6'4" he is shorter than the biggest names in the heavyweight division like Wladimir Klitschko (6'6"), Deontay Wilder (6'7") and Tyson Fury (6'9"). We want Joseph to capture the world title and that means we must get him accustomed to fighting opponents much bigger than himself," Duco Events promoter David Higgins said. Dubbed "The Mountain", the 24-year-old Martz has been a professional since 2012 and has 14 wins, a draw and two losses with 11 wins by knockout though he has not fought anyone of note. He is ranked No 123 in the independent listings produced by BoxRec which have Parker at No 9.
Martz has fought twice this year and is coming off two wins. Bergman looks a tougher proposition. The 31-year-old is ranked No 75 by BoxRec and is No 11 on their heavyweight southpaw rankings. Bergman has been active since 2006 and has 25 wins, two draws and 11 losses. But 16 of those wins have come in his 18 fights over the last five years. Parker and Bergman share one common opponent – Australian Bowie Tupou. Bergman suffered a second round knockout loss to Tupou in 2007 while Parker KO's Tupou in the first round of their Invercargill fight earlier this year. It's Bergman's left-handed approach that Parker's trainer Kevin Barry is interested in.
"There are a number of quality southpaws in the heavyweight division, the most obvious being 6'1" WBA champion, Rusian Chagaev," Barry said. "Joe is currently ranked 13th by the WBA and rising fast so Chagaev is most definitely in our sights. When that opportunity presents itself we must be ready."
Joseph Parker's stocks continue to rise with the heavyweight and his stable cleaning up major awards at the WBO conference in Florida. Parker was named the WBO's heavyweight fighter of the year for their Oriental region. His stablemate, Australian Jeff Horn, was named the organisation's welterweight of the year for the same region. Parker's managers Duco were named promoters of the year for the region and their matchmaker Stu Duncan collected that category as well. Parker is ranked No 6 on the WBO rankings that are headed by champion Wladimir Klitschko. Parker is likely to lift higher when the WBO revise those rankings shortly and his most recent victory, a second-round TKO of Kali Meehan, is factored in. Horn is ranked No 7 by the WBO. Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan attended the conference in Orlando and proudly accepted the awards. "They were presented to us in front of the entire conference which was great. It's another sign that we are doing things properly," Lonergan said.
"Awards are nice but the most important thing to us is what our guys are doing in the rankings."
Lonergan said the real value in attending the conference was the ability to network around the organisation's powerbrokers and the 30 promoters who attended. "It was fascinating. These were the 30 people running boxing worldwide and dealing with the sanctioning bodies. It was the fist real look we've had at it. It was incredibly aluable."
Parker's next fight is on December 5 in Hamilton where he headlines the Fight For Life promotion. His opponent for that fight will be announced next Tuesday. Duco will also announce the name of Parker's opponent for his following fight in Samoa in January.
Joseph Parker's hopes of fighting in Samoa have taken a major step closer to reality after a "very promising" logistics trip to the island nation. Parker's management have just returned from a week-long visit to Samoa where they met government officials and local businesses to start the groundwork for the world-ranked heavyweight boxer to fight there. Duco Events boss David Higgins has given the January bout "just beyond orange light status" and hopes to confirm the deal next month. "The people were welcoming, they are open-minded and offered lateral thinking for what is a challenging but fascinating exercise," Higgins said. He said Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was particularly supportive and saw the event as a good opportunity to put Samoa in the international spotlight given Parker's increasing status around the world as well has offering an opportunity to boost the local economy.
Television coverage and a venue are particular challenges. Higgins said regular broadcast partner Sky TV had shown "real spirit around the table to make it happen". They would basically need to build a temporary international TV station there, transporting tonnes of equipment and 27 personnel from New Zealand for the exercise. Local station TV3 Samoa would also be involved as a regular partner in showing Parker's fights. Higgins said there were two Apia venues under consideration, given the need for a covered venue at that time of the year. The first was a local court that offered "a beautiful backdrop" under a canopy that covers a 60m x 90m concrete slab. That would requite temporary grandstands and have room for 60 corporate tables with a crowd of about 3-4000. The second option involved the Olympic swimming complex, a "vast" indoor complex that already had a 2000-seat grandstand on one side. That would require the two pools to be covered for the ring and corporate seating with another temporary stand built on the other side. Higgins and his team would now sit down to number-crunch to make the fight economically viable.
"We want to make this happen and having a historic fight on Samoan soil is looking very promising," he said. "Samoa boxes above its weight per capita. They had David Tua fight for a world title, Maselino Masoe win a world title and we believe Joseph Parker is a superstar in the making who will go on to win a world title. "He is hugely popular there and making this happen this would be a dream come true for Joseph, his family and his fans." Higgins said there were Samoan requests to get David Letele, aka the "Brown Butterbean", on the card. The promoters also want another quality international fight and are working towards having the best four local fighters also feature. Parker's next fight is against Australian-based New Zealander Kali Meehan in west Auckland on October 15. He will then headline the Fight For Life promotion in Hamilton in early December to round out another busy year.
Heavyweight boxing contender Joseph Parker plans to follow in the steps of the All Blacks and take his talents to Samoa. The world's sixth-ranked heavyweight is lining up a fight in Apia in January. Parker (15-0 with 13 KOs) was born in Auckland but has a strong connection to Samoa, where he is a national sporting hero. Such is Parker's status that in his last trip to the island nation in December he and his promoter David Higgins were made High Chiefs. They met Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Neioti Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi to discuss staging a bout in the homeland of his parents, Dempsey and Sala. "The dream was that their son might one day fight for the heavyweight title," Higgins said. "Right now, that seems to be on track and they are watching their dream come true. In terms of giving back to Samoa, they'd love to have a fight up there."
The inspiration for the fight came from having worked with former contender David Tua ahead of his 2012 victory over Shane Cameron in the Fight of the Century, Higgins said. "It became apparent to me truly how big boxing is in Samoa. That fight stopped the nation." Higgins said Samoa would rate as the finest boxing nation on the planet in terms of fighters produced per head, but - much like the All Blacks until earlier this year - the island had not staged a major international boxing event. "Forgive the pun but Samoa punches massively above its weight in the world of boxing. But despite that they've never had a major international promotion there. David Tua did not fight in Samoa as a professional." The fight would be beamed into New Zealand, Australia and the United States, where Parker is gaining a significant following. Staging a fight in Samoa would be significantly more expensive than in New Zealand but Higgins was optimistic Duco's corporate partners would help make it happen.
"An average fight night can cost a million dollars and then to do it offshore the cost goes up. It's a matter of getting our partners together and everyone making it happen. "With the support of the Samoan Government and some private business in Samoa plus the support of our regular partners Sky Television and Burger King, I think we can make it happen. We are going to give it our best shot. It will be an adventure." Higgins, who is travelling to Samoa on Monday to continue planning for the event, said it would double as celebration of Samoa's boxing history and heritage. The fight is likely to be held indoors because of the risk of bad weather, but would be paired with an outdoor weigh-in and public event.
"I don't think there is much point going there unless we are going to make it as accessible as possible," Higgins said. "It will be a big deal for the people of Samoa and it should have happened by now. We got our heads together with Team Parker and we are going to have a crack at making it happen."
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Year in Review: Retiring Tua, Return of Barry, Rise of Parker
By: Andy Rowe
2013 has seen the end of a New Zealand boxing legend, the rise of the next big thing and the return of one of the country's finest coaches.David Tua's career has been winding down since his unflattering points victory over Nigerian Friday Ahunanya in 2010. Since that result in West Auckland, Tua has had one win, one draw and two losses.However, he shouldn't be remembered for the way his career ended. The history of the heavyweight division is littered with great fighters that have stayed active for four or five years too long. His retirement following his loss to Alexandra Ustinov brought the curtain down on one of New Zealand's great sporting careers.
For over 20 years Tua carved out a name for himself all over the world as one of the most devastating punchers of all time. He knocked out 43 of his 59 opponents (52 of those he defeated). He was outclassed by Lennox Lewis in his 2000 world title shot, but Lennox Lewis outclassed many great fighters (Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield just to name a couple).I think deep down he knew he wasn't the fighter he used to be, but he wanted to make sure he wasn't leaving the sport with unfinished business. His last fight did just that.Joseph Parker has replaced Tua in 2013 as the heavyweight fighter New Zealand is now pinning its hopes on. Parker has the speed and power to match any other fighter on the planet. It's still early days with this kid, but if he can keep the right people around him there is no reason why he can't fulfil his potential.The media has fallen in love with this exciting and humble young man (but they'll turn on him just as quick if he doesn't meet their expectations) and so too has the New Zealand public.
The key for Parker now is to stick with his current support team. When Mike Tyson lost his trainer Cus D'Amato, his career spiralled. As did David Tua's to some extent when he split with Parker's current trainer Kevin Barry. He must stick with the partnership that in 2013 has seen him transform from an amateur fighter, to a finely tuned professional athlete.The return of trainer Kevin Barry in 2013 has been a master stroke from Parker's management team Duco Events (Dean Lonergan and David Higgins).Barry was seemingly lost to New Zealand boxing for the years following his split with David Tua. He often doesn't receive the credit he deserves for the positive influence he had over Tua. Barry is actually one the world's most respected trainers. He's one of New Zealand's best sports coaches.It's been no coincidence that every time we see Parker following a training camp, he has made massive improvements both physically and with his general boxing skills. Barry started by stripping the weight off Parker. Now he's adding pure muscle back on, all the while honing the skills that make him such an exciting prospect. He's rebuilding Parker as a fighter.Barry's golden touch was evident when he trained American journeyman Brian Minto to a TKO win over Kiwi Shane Cameron earlier this month. If Barry was in the other corner, it may well have been a different story.In short, 2013 has seen David Tua hand over the heavyweight reins to Joseph Parker as our next big thing in the boxing world. Let’s hope Parker can emulate some of the feats Tua was able to over the next twenty years. No pressure.