Barry Trains Minto to TKO Cameron in seven
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

American heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) upset Kiwi hero Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) winning by seventh round TKO on Saturday night at the Trust Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. As expected, both fighters went right at each other from the opening bell with Minto having the upper hand. Cameron’s best round was the third when he had Minto holding on. Minto regained the upper hand in the fourth when he cut Cameron over the left eye with a punch. Minto, an aggressive in-fighter, was deducted a point in round four for an elbow and another in round five for a headbutt, but he punished Cameron in rounds six and seven. Cameron remained on his stool after round seven.


Minto, who hails from Butler, Pennsylvania, claimed the vacant WBO Oriental heavyweight title.After the fight Minto said he was promised two more fights in New Zealand and stated he’ll be back in March and then in June or July, possibly against highly regarded Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs). Regarding Cameron’s 13-month layoff before the fight, Minto commented, “When you’re out of the ring it’s a different atmosphere. I could see the look on his face when he came in the ring, there was a lot of anxiety. I was just in the ring about four weeks ago, so it makes a difference when you’re more active. You can’t just come back in the sport and fight a guy like me as a tune up fight. It just doesn’t work.”

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Parker's heavyweight ranking is set to rocket

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE


Joseph Parker's busy and successful schedule has seen him rewarded with a rapid rise in the heavyweight rankings. Parker's seventh-round demolition of Brian Minto in south Auckland last weekend has seen him leap 40 places to No 30 on the BoxRec rankings. In a sport with so many organisations meaning an alphabet soup of belts and rankings, the respected website offers an independent computerised approach based on a points system and activity. Parker's promise is reflected in his age and experience. At just 22 he is by far the youngest boxer in the top 30, and also the least experienced, with just nine fights as a professional - all of them wins, eight by knockout. And Parker is set for more reward with the powerful WBO organisation. Minto is at No 14 on their rankings. By beating the American and claiming his Oriental title, Parker could make a move into the WBO's top 15 when their rankings are updated at the end of the month.


There's no respite for Parker, who fights a yet-to-be-declared opponent on a good card in Pennsylvania on August 10, and then finally gets to clash with Bahamas' Sherman Williams in west Auckland on October 16. The prospect of three fights in four months certainly doesn't daunt Parker. Rather, he sees it as an opportunity to keep developing his game against different opponents. And his experienced trainer Kevin Barry believes Parker will benefit from keeping busy. "I think Joseph will thrive on this," Barry told Sunday News. "We're really putting the foot down now. I felt when Joe waited six and a half months before his fight in Germany he was a little rusty. We saw the difference when he operated off a shorter time frame of nine weeks against Minto. He produced by far the best performance of his career.


"He's excited about what's going on, and you see that in his training and performance. Look, the first sign that I think he is getting tired and overworked I will pull him out. But right now, I think keeping busy is good for him." Barry felt Parker's reduced weight against Minto - down from 108kg to 102.5kg - produced dividends in speed and mobility which are two of his obvious strengths. "It's about continual development . . . there is a lot he still has to show." Barry has signed off on eight options for opponents in Pennsylvania, and it's a matter of getting the right contract for a fight promoted by the powerful Main Events outfit that will be televised live on NBC.


"It's very good to be getting a fight in the United States, eventually that's where we need to be. Joseph's profile is really starting to lift." Parker and Barry will train in Auckland this week before returning to their Las Vegas base for fine tuning. With Parker in good shape and facing a short turnaround, sparring will be restricted to around 25 rounds. "It will be more about cardiovascular work and maintaining his levels of fitness and sharpness."


- Sunday News


Boxing behind closed doors


With Parker looking to pick up the mantle of New Zealand's next professional heavyweight hope after David Tua and Shane Cameron, his victory in Saturday night's fight is a big step towards establishing his credentials as a serious contender for a world-title fight in future. In a boxing world where reputations and results are inflated in order to sell tickets and PPV sales, Parker's opponent in Brian Minto had shown the NZ boxing public his credentials when he beat up Shane Cameron in Cameron's last fight. By all reports Joseph impressed the critics in his victory against Minto, with a hard-fought stoppage win. Much of the credit for the Kiwi heavyweight's string of stoppage victories is the hard yards Joseph's put in with trainer Kevin Barry.


An Olympic silver medal was the highlight of NZ amateur light heavyweight international bouts three decades ago, with Kevin Barry being regarded as one the finest Kiwi amateur fighters to have worn the black singlet. Much of the hard work for the Minto fight was done far from the media spotlight in Kevin Barry's gym in Las  Vegas. Sideline Sid's oldest son missed an opportunity to watch Parker put the finishing touches to his Minto preparation in Vegas.


Sid junior was in Las Vegas on a trip to the spiritual home of professional boxing, to view some of the venues and memorabilia of the big pro fights during the years.

He received an invitation via Facebook from Kevin Barry to go and watch Joseph's last sparring session before packing up camp and returning to New Zealand. Getting lost several times on the way to Barry's gym saw the rare opportunity evaporate into a wasted afternoon. However, the 10-day Vegas odyssey was an eye-opener to the ex-New Zealand amateur lightweight champion, who now lives and coaches on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. One of his highlights was seeing the ring from superstar Floyd Mayweather's latest battle, which earned several large truckloads of money, and is still on display at the MGM hotel. On a later visit to the MGM, Mayweather's multitude of world championship belts were on display.


Another highlight was visiting and training at the world famous Johnny Tacos gym that dates back to the 1960s. Mike Tyson is just one of many world champions and contenders who has utilised the reasonably Spartan facilities in preparation for world title encounters. While we have been away, the pride of Bay of Plenty boxing in Gunnar Jackson has again grabbed a top 15 World Boxing Organisation world ranking with his middleweight regional title victory. Getting a previous top 15 ranking played a big part in Gunnar being a late call-up to fight Anthony Mundine in January. While there was nothing about the Parker versus Minto fight in the Queensland papers, the big story coming out of Parker card is Mundine being offered a million dollars to fight Aussie Olympian Jeff Horn, who had an impressive victory in a Parker undercard bout.

 

Mundine bouts always draw a big PPV audience, with a vast majority of Aussie viewers hoping to see Mundine, whose had a controversial career, put on the seat of his pants.



Glazkov headlines; Berridge and Parker to invade U.S. on August 9


The August 9th edition of NBCSN Fight Night will feature three bouts with three undefeated fighters and a high chance of a knockout in each bout. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 9th where he will face-off against veteran Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) for ten rounds. The Glazkov-Rossy fight will top a special NBCSN Fight Night triple-header. In the middle bout, Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Vasily “The Professor” Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker will open the live telecast versus an opponent TBA. Tickets for the event are available now on Ticketmaster.com and ticket prices are $50 and $75. Doors open at 5:00 PM and the Fight Night telecast begins live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT. 


Joseph Parker finally gets Sherman Williams fight


New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker will finally get his fight against against Sherman "The Tank" Williams in West Auckland in October. Parker was due to fight Williams in April on the Wladimir Klitschko undercard in Germany but pulled out because of a contract dispute. But Williams, who was a sparring partner for Klitschko and has a record of 36 wins and 13 losses, was tossed out of the world champion's camp and sent home. 


That left Parker with a fight against Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil. The 23-year-old took care of him with a seventh round knockout.


Parker, fresh off last Saturday's knockout win over American Brian Minto, will fight an opponent still to be named in Pennsylvania on August 10 on the undercard of a promotion headed by well-regarded Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov.


New Zealand light-heavyweight Robbie Berridge will also feature on the Pennsylvania card and will fight Russian Vasily Lepikhin.


Lepikhin is unbeaten over 15 fights and holds the Russian title. The 1.92m Lepikhin will have a reach advantage but Berridge will back the punching power that has seen him win 20 of his 26 fights by knockout, which includes the first round demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Damasco on Saturday.

Boxing: Parker camp to turn down Klitschko invitation


Joseph Parker is preparing to make waves on live television in the United States, his short-term plans considered so important his promoters Duco will turn down an invitation to train with the world's top heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko. Parker will fight in Pennsylvania on August 10 on the undercard of a fight headlined by Vyacheslav Glazkov, rated by many as the fourth best heavyweight in the world behind Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury. Parker's opponent is yet to be determined but he is likely to be a prospect rather than a fading force. Impressive fellow Kiwi light heavyweight Robert Berridge will also fight on the undercard at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. After demolishing Brazilian Rogerio Damasco in the first round of their clash in Manukau on Saturday night, Berridge is up against undefeated Russian champion Vasily Lepikhin, who has a 15-0 record.


But it was the reference to Klitschko which raised eyebrows at this morning's press conference in Auckland, which included the announcement that Parker will fight Sherman Williams in the city on October 16. "We had an email from Vladimir Klitschko's manager recently inviting Joseph to go to Austria to be a sparring partner for Klitschko for his shot at Kubrat Pulev," Duco's David Higgins said. "We probably won't accept his offer because we have our own plans, but I think it illustrates we're building connections globally." Parker said he was happy with the short turnaround - just four weeks - between his next fight and his impressive TKO victory over American Brian Minto on Saturday.


"I'm pretty happy with the schedule - fighting often. I think it's important to fight often so you learn your craft in the ring. Fighting different opponents with the different styles they bring will only increase my skills and technique. "Williams brings the same style [as Minto]. They're both short, Sherman The Tank Williams is a little bit bigger than Brian is, but I'll just have to work to keep my distance and box smartly again." Parker was first matched against the durable Williams in Germany in April, but the Bahamian pulled out due to a dispute with Klitschko's promoters K2.


- APNZ


Boxing behind closed doors


One of things Sideline Sid has missed while holidaying in Queensland during the Western Bay of Plenty winter is the Joseph Parker fight on Sky Pay Per View television last weekend. With Parker looking to pick up the mantle of New Zealand's next professional heavyweight hope after David Tua and Shane Cameron, his victory in Saturday night's fight is a big step towards establishing his credentials as a serious contender for a world-title fight in future. In a boxing world where reputations and results are inflated in order to sell tickets and PPV sales, Parker's opponent in Brian Minto had shown the NZ boxing public his credentials when he beat up Shane Cameron in Cameron's last fight.


By all reports Joseph impressed the critics in his victory against Minto, with a hard-fought stoppage win. Much of the credit for the Kiwi heavyweight's string of stoppage victories is the hard yards Joseph's put in with trainer Kevin Barry. An Olympic silver medal was the highlight of NZ amateur light heavyweight international bouts three decades ago, with Kevin Barry being regarded as one the finest Kiwi amateur fighters to have worn the black singlet. Much of the hard work for the Minto fight was done far from the media spotlight in Kevin Barry's gym in Las Vegas. Sideline Sid's oldest son missed an opportunity to watch Parker put the finishing touches to his Minto preparation in Vegas.


Sid junior was in Las Vegas on a trip to the spiritual home of professional boxing, to view some of the venues and memorabilia of the big pro fights during the years.

He received an invitation via Facebook from Kevin Barry to go and watch Joseph's last sparring session before packing up camp and returning to New Zealand.

Getting lost several times on the way to Barry's gym saw the rare opportunity evaporate into a wasted afternoon. However, the 10-day Vegas odyssey was an eye-opener to the ex-New Zealand amateur lightweight champion, who now lives and coaches on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. One of his highlights was seeing the ring from superstar Floyd Mayweather's latest battle, which earned several large truckloads of money, and is still on display at the MGM hotel.


On a later visit to the MGM, Mayweather's multitude of world championship belts were on display. Another highlight was visiting and training at the world famous Johnny Tacos gym that dates back to the 1960s. Mike Tyson is just one of many world champions and contenders who has utilised the reasonably Spartan facilities in preparation for world title encounters. While we have been away, the pride of Bay of Plenty boxing in Gunnar Jackson has again grabbed a top 15 World Boxing Organisation world ranking with his middleweight regional title victory.


Getting a previous top 15 ranking played a big part in Gunnar being a late call-up to fight Anthony Mundine in January. While there was nothing about the Parker versus Minto fight in the Queensland papers, the big story coming out of Parker card is Mundine being offered a million dollars to fight Aussie Olympian Jeff Horn, who had an impressive victory in a Parker undercard bout.  Mundine bouts always draw a big PPV audience, with a vast majority of Aussie viewers hoping to see Mundine, whose had a controversial career, put on the seat of his pants.


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Glazkov headlines; Berridge and Parker to invade U.S. on August 9


The August 9th edition of NBCSN Fight Night will feature three bouts with three undefeated fighters and a high chance of a knockout in each bout. In the main event, undefeated heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) returns to the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA on Saturday, August 9th where he will face-off against veteran Derric Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) for ten rounds. The Glazkov-Rossy fight will top  special NBCSN Fight Night triple-header. In the middle bout, Robert The Butcher=94 Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) takes on Vasily The Professor Lepikhin (15-0, 8 KOs). Undefeated heavyweight Joseph Parker will open the live

telecast versus an opponent TBA. Tickets for the event are available now oTicketmaster.com and ticket prices are $50 and $75. Doors open at 5:00PM

and the Fight Night telecast begins live at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.


Joseph Parker finally gets Sherman Williams fight


New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker will finally get his fight against against Sherman "The Tank" Williams in West Auckland in October. Parker was due to fight Williams in April on the Wladimir Klitschko undercard in Germany but pulled out because of a contract dispute. But Williams, who was a sparring partner for Klitschko and has a record of 36 wins and 13 losses, was tossed out of the world champion's camp and sent home. That left Parker with a fight against Marcelo Nascimento of Brazil. The 23-year-old took care of him with a seventh round knockout. Parker, fresh off last Saturday's knockout win over American Brian Minto, will fight an opponent still to be named in Pennsylvania on August 10 on the undercard of a promotion headed by well-regarded Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov.


New Zealand light-heavyweight Robbie Berridge will also feature on the Pennsylvania card and will fight Russian Vasily Lepikhin. Lepikhin is unbeaten over 15 fights and holds the Russian title. The 1.92m Lepikhin will have a reach advantage but Berridge will back the punching power that has seen him win 20 of his 26 fights by knockout, which includes the first round demolition of Brazilian Rogerio Damasco on Saturday.


Boxing: Parker camp to turn down Klitschko invitation


Joseph Parker is preparing to make waves on live television in the United States, his short-term plans considered so important his promoters Duco will turn down an invitation to train with the world's top heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko. Parker will fight in Pennsylvania on August 10 on the undercard of a fight headlined by Vyacheslav Glazkov, rated by many as the fourth best heavyweight in the world behind Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev and Tyson Fury. Parker's opponent is yet to be determined but he is likely to be a prospect rather than a fading force. Impressive fellow Kiwi light heavyweight Robert Berridge will also fight on the undercard at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem. After demolishing Brazilian Rogerio Damasco in the first round of their clash in Manukau on Saturday night, Berridge is up against undefeated Russian champion Vasily Lepikhin, who has a 15-0 record.


But it was the reference to Klitschko which raised eyebrows at this morning's press conference in Auckland, which included the announcement that Parker will fight Sherman Williams in the city on October 16. "We had an email from Vladimir Klitschko's manager recently inviting Joseph to go to Austria to be a sparring partner for Klitschko for his shot at Kubrat Pulev," Duco's David Higgins said. "We probably won't accept his offer because we have our own plans, but I think it illustrates we're building connections globally." Parker said he was happy with the short turnaround - just four weeks - between his next fight and his impressive TKO victory over American Brian Minto on Saturday.


"I'm pretty happy with the schedule - fighting often. I think it's important to fight often so you learn your craft in the ring. Fighting different opponents with the different styles they bring will only increase my skills and technique. "Williams brings the same style [as Minto]. They're both short, Sherman The Tank Williams is a little bit bigger than Brian is, but I'll just have to work to keep my distance and box smartly again." Parker was first matched against the durable Williams in Germany in April, but the Bahamian pulled out due to a dispute with Klitschko's promoters K2.


- APNZ



Parker to fight in US within a month  

LIAM NAPIER


Before Joseph Parker even entered the ring last night, confidence within his camp was clearly sky high. So high, in fact, plans were already afoot to match him with another opponent within one month in America. While some wondered aloud whether throwing Parker in with Brian Minto, a 12-year veteran who just last December put away Shane Cameron in such emphatic fashion, was a major risk, those close to him never harboured any doubts.  ''Let's remember about four or five weeks ago a lot of people were of the opinion that this was the wrong fight; that Minto was going to blow Joe away,'' trainer Kevin Barry said after Parker's clinical and composed seventh round TKO in Manukau last night. ''We know he [Minto] was in great condition and he never won a round. I think Joseph silenced a lot of critics.''


Improving his unbeaten pro record to 9-0, the complete shutout was exactly what Parker's handlers desired. In his buoyant post-fight changing room Parker was buzzing - the adrenaline still pumping through his veins after such an impressive and disciplined display that left him with a blemish-free face.  ''It was a big step up,'' Parker said. ''Minto is a great fighter. He's very experienced and has been in the ring with some big names. He trained hard for this fight. He was trim and looked a lot better than when he fought Shane Cameron.'' Minto joined a chorus of outsiders begging Duco and Barry not to rush the South Auckland 22-year-old, but aggressive plans to give Parker a world title shot within 18 months will be pursued.


''Joseph is a young fast kid and I give him much respect,'' Minto said, blood flowing steadily from a broken nose he admitted carrying into the fight. ''He's a helluva prospect. I just hope Duco don't try move him too fast and put him in something that maybe he's not ready for straight away. I think he needs to keep moving up gradually and keep fighting guys that have experience to get him the experience he needs. ''He's only going to get better. He's got fast hands and he punches hard. He's long and he's learning. ''9-0, he could fight some guys and get some more experience rather than trying to get to a world title shot within a year. That's kind of a little far fetched for him. He needs to step up and fight more experienced opposition; someone that's not too tough.''


Within five minutes of Minto's plea, however, plans were laid out for Parker to fight on the East Coast of America next month. His opponent will be announced next  week.


''There will be another big fight in a month's time,'' Duco promoter David Higgins said. ''We're going to put the accelerator down and Joe will probably be offshore getting some exposure in the United States. ''We've been criticised about every fight we've made; from Francios Botha to Afa Tatupu. Joseph has done the business every time. We'll continue what we're doing. This will be someone like Joe, someone who has had fewer fights but has won nearly all of them.'' With his maturing prodigy having executed the big man plan to perfection, Barry seemed comfortable with the short turnaround. ''We are well aware of that,'' he said. 'That's why it was very important tonight Joe never got hands put on him. He came through the fight unscathed. His level of conditioning at the moment is very good, the best it's ever been.


"He wasn't breathing hard at all at the end of the fight. The opponent we'll be fighting won't be the equivalent of a Brian Minto, but it will be an opponent in ways that we're trying to test him.''


- Stuff


Video:HIGHLIGHTS: Parker Vs Minto

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Joseph Parker unbeaten with Minto TKO


Rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker has outclassed American Brian Minto to extend his unbeaten record to nine wins. Parker, 22, dominated his 39-year-old opponent on Saturday, winning via a seventh-round technical knock out. The Aucklander knocked the much Minto to the canvas in the fifth round with a right hook and the much smaller American took more blows in the seventh round, prompting his management to throw in the towel. Fighting at a reduced weight of 102kg, Parker used his speed and jab to dominate the early rounds. He didn't allow his opponent to come inside for any close exchanges, as Minto had done so effectively in beating another big-name Kiwi fighter, Shane Cameron, in December.


"I executed the plan we put in place," Parker said. "I told everyone I was going to be lean and mean. We've developed speed and power but we're still at the beginning stages." Minto, who suffered an eighth loss in 38 fights, cedes his WBO Oriental championship title to Parker. Earlier, leading New Zealand light heavyweight Robert Berridge delivered a first round knockout of Brazilian Rogerio Damasco. It was a 20th knockout win for Berridge (24-1-1), who retained his twin WBO regional belts and added weight to the 29-year-old's claim for a title fight against Russian WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. Unbeaten Australian welterweight Jeff Horn, 26, underlined his potential with a dominant 120-107 points win over Brazilian Fernando Ferreira de Silva. The Brisbane schoolteacher overcame the pain of a broken hand suffered in the sixth of 12 rounds to notch an eighth win and defend his WBO Oriental title.


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Boxing: Parker beats Minto with TKO


Joseph Parker's power and speed was too much for Brian Minto tonight, the American quitting on his stool after the seventh round for an impressive TKO victory for the South Aucklander. Minto was felled in that seventh round by Parker, the second time legitimately with 25 seconds remaining when he caught him with a right hand to the head. Earlier Parker had pushed him to the floor, an act which earned a warning from referee Brad Vocale. However, the American was in no doubt as to who had the upper hand in the fight, saying afterwards he refused to get hurt for the sake of it. Parker showed a powerful jab, in particular, as he fought against the smaller Minto at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. This was a world away from his brawling victory over Afa Tatupu, the last time he fought in New Zealand. This time he was precise, disciplined, and very fast. Importantly, he remained cut free after cutting badly above his left eye against Tatupu.


"I said I was lean and mean, and you saw that," Parker said afterwards. "I executed the plan we put in place. It's a good victory for us tonight." Trainer Kevin Barry said: "The public of New Zealand saw a much more mature fighter than the one they saw 12 months ago. They've got a fighter then can be very proud of." Minto, who admitted to fighting with a broken nose, an injury he denied during the week, said: "He's a big, strong heavyweight. He has the skill and the power. I was very impressed.


"I didn't want to get hurt, I've got two beautiful kids and a wife to go home to."


Parker's power and speed was evident from the start. He took control of the first three rounds before Minto began to make inroads in the fourth. A big right hand in the fifth round with 12 seconds to go put Minto down and he must have known then that he was fighting a losing battle. The sixth was more even, both unloading on each other, before Parker took control for the final time in the seventh. The victory improved the 22-year-old's record to nine victories with eight knockouts, but it was the manner in which it was achieved which will impress his camp and promoters Duco. His dream of a world title fight remains alive. 


Earlier, Robert Berridge continued his rise with a stunning first-round knockout victory over Brazilian Rogerio Damasco. The win will have helped Berridge, the highest-ranked professional fighter in New Zealand at the moment, get closer to a world title fight against undefeated Russian and WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. It improved his record to 24 wins, 20 by knockout, with one loss and one draw, and it was as brutal as it was short. The southpaw Berridge, nicknamed The Butcher, knocked Damasco down with one minute 22 seconds remaining in the first round, and charged forward again to again knock the Brazilian down only seconds later. Damasco claimed to be fine, but his corner threw the towel in.


- APNZ


Parker still unbeaten, stops Minto in seven

 


Unbeaten heavyweight Joseph Parker (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Pennsylvanian Brian "The Beast" Minto (39-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night

at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. The normally uber-aggressive Minto fought cautiously against the much larger Parker. Parker landed most the big shots as he patiently broke down Minto. Parker floored Minto at the end of round five with a big right hand behind the ear. Parker dropped Minto again at the end of round seven. Minto's corner stopped the fight after round seven. Parker exacted revenge from Minto for retiring Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron last year. The bout was for the interim PABA and WBO Oriental titles. After the fight, Minto stated that he entered the bout with a broken nose. 



WBO #10, WBA #12 light heavyweight Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (24-1-1, 20 KOs) annihilated Rogerio Damasco (12-2-2, 12 KOs) in just 2:18 of the first round. Impressive performance by Berridge, who dropped Damasco twice in the bout, which was for the PABA and WBO Oriental belts. 2012 Olympian welterweight Jeff "The Hornet" Horn (8-0-1, 6 KOs) outclassed Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-4-1, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds. Horn dominated every round and dropped de Silva in round twelve. Scores were 120-107 on all cards as Horn claimed the WBO Oriental welterweight title.  


In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Nikolas Charalampous (8-0, 5 KOs) dropped rugby player Aaron Lai (6-1, 5 KOs) four times en route to an easy

six round unanimous decision. Scores were 60-50, 60-50, 61-51.


Video: Joseph Parker V Brian Minto weigh-in

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Unbeaten pro boxer Joseph Parker has trimmed down considerably for his fight against contrasting American Brian Minto. New Zealand heavyweight champion Parker is 6kg lighter than his previous fight, tipping the scales at 102.6kg on Friday, one day out from a showdown against the much smaller Minto in Auckland. Parker, 22, outweighs his 39-year-old opponent by 7kg and, at 1.92m, stands 12cm taller. While Parker has won all eight of his professional fights, he identified the need for greater speed following his most recent victory, shedding the weight at a training camp in Las Vegas under trainer Kevin Barry.



He was 108kg when he beat Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento with a seventh-round technical knockout in Germany in April. The win was his seventh by knockout. Parker is planning on his fast, classical technique being too much for Minto, who boasts a more brawling style. Minto has won 25 of his 37 fights by knockout in a career which includes seven losses. The WBO world No.12 ranked fighter's last win came over Kiwi Shane Cameron, who was forced to throw in the towel courtesy of a dangerous cut above his eye in December. There are two belts on the line in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds - Minto's WBO Oriental championship and Parker's WBA Pan-American championship. The main undercard fight features Kiwi light heavyweight Robert Berridge (23 wins, one draw, one loss) against Brazil's Rogerio Damasco (12-2-1). Aucklander Berridge has climbed to 10th in the WBO to be New Zealand's highest ranked fighter.


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Boxing: Trimmer Parker happy with weight


Joseph Parker has shed about six kilograms for his heavyweight clash against Brian Minto tomorrow night. Parker today weighed in at 102.65kg, with American Minto tipping the scales at 95.05kg.  Trainer Kevin Barry said the plan was always for Parker to lose weight following his last victory over Marcelo Nascimento in April. "For a mobile fighter like Brian Minto it was important for me after the fight in Germany to reduce Joseph's weight," Barry said. "He did a lot more road work, plyometrics and explosive movement in the build-up to this fight."


Parker, who also has a height and reach advantage over Minto, said: "I'm just ready to go. I'm calm, I'm relaxed, I've done all the hard work in the training camp with Kevin." After the controversies of recent weeks in the build-up to the main event at Manukau's Vodafone Events Centre, today's weigh-in was a relatively tame affair, with those on the undercard showing more anger. Chief among those were Dave "Brown Buttabean" Letele and Lopini Vatuvei, the protagonists of a corporate fight. The latter, the brother of Warriors wing Manu, has been offered a $10,000 bonus should he knock out Letele, who is on Duco's books. Letele weighed in at 168.20kg, with Vatuvei 114.40 kg.


New Zealander Robert Berridge also looked extremely keen to build on his knockout record, which stands at 19 from 25 fights, against Brazilian Rogerio Damasco in their light heavyweight clash. Both men weighed in at 78.45kg.


- APNZ


Scales tip heavily in Joseph Parker's favour


Already the bigger man, Joseph Parker will take an additional seven kilogram weight advantage into tomorrow night's anticipated showdown with Brian Minto in Manukau. Despite dropping six kg since his last seventh round TKO win over Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in April, Parker still holds a significant height, reach and weight advantage after today tipping the scales at a trim 102.6kg.  Minto also cut a lean figure at 95.05kg but the American veteran will need to use all his experience to counter the physical challenges. Through a training regime in Las Vegas that focuses on cardio and plyometrics - sparring 60 less rounds than in his build-up to Nascimento - Parker aims to dominate the mobile and aggressive Minto, who stopped Shane Cameron in the seventh round last December.


"The weight is never an issue, but when we increase the road work and put the weights down he was always going to be a lot leaner," Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry,  aid.

 "We're fighting a very busy, aggressive fighter who is going to keep coming while it lasts. "I see a lot of similarities between the [Francois] Botha fight a year ago and this. I believe this will be another coming out fight for Joe, only another year on in his career. "He's a much more accomplished, skilled and mature fighter. I'm very confident of the right result and a tremendous performance in a fight that will take us another step in the heavyweight ladder." There will also be interest in a number of undercard fights.


New Zealand's premier light heavyweight boxer Robert Berridge (23-1) will be out to prove a point against unknown Brazilian Rogerio Damasco (12-1), who questioned the Kiwi's defensive capabilities today. Australian welterweight champion Jeff Horn is also keen to impress New Zealand audiences for the first time. The London Olympian is expected to have too much class for Brazilian Fernando Ferreira de Silva, who makes his first foray outside his homeland.  


- Stuff



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Parker-Minto final press conference

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing


The final press conference for Saturday’s heavyweight showdown between unbeaten Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) took place today at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Minto came to the press conference with a bump on his nose and stated that his nose was bruised and not broken. Parker stated that Minto’s nose will be his main target in their fight.


There has been much tension in the lead up to the fight. Minto stated he heard Parker was still suffering from a perforated ear-drum and accused Parker of wearing cheater’s gloves. Parker’s trainer Kevin Berry revealed that Minto has been taking testosterone, which Minto admitted. Parker has also vowed to exact revenge for Minto battering Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron into retirement in Auckland last December.


On the undercard, Australian Olympian welterweight Jeff Horn (7-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on Fernando Ferreira da Silva (32-3-1, 24 KOs) for the WBO Oriental title. The ambitious Horn is targeting former world champion Anthony Mundine after this fight. All action light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (23-1-1, 19 KOs) will take on Rogerio Damasco (12-1, 12 KOs).


Boxing: Ref biased, Minto told, ahead of Parker clash


Brian Minto has raised concerns about the referee for his heavyweight clash with Kiwi Joseph Parker on Saturday, but his wish for a late change isn't likely to come to fruition. Australian Brad Vocale will take charge of the main event at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau despite American Minto saying he would prefer New Zealand boxing identity Lance Revill be given the job. "Somebody anonymously sent me a message and said 'do not let Brad Vocale ref the fight because he's on Duco's payroll', so I thought it would make sense for me to request somebody that was neutral," Minto said. "I don't know if it is true or not ... but it raised some concerns with me so I brought it to their attention and it's why I don't want him reffing the fight." Dean Lonergan, of Duco Events, denied the accusation.



"Brad is 100 per cent not on Duco's payroll," he said. "All promoters around the world pay a thing called sanctioning fees to sanctioning bodies, the sanctioning bodies then pay the referees and the officials." In complaining about the ref, Minto was continuing a theme of the build-up to this fight which has already featured controversy over his testosterone use for a medical condition, and his unwillingness to agree to the type of gloves the Parker camp want to wear. His main point of contention around Vocale was the official's handling of Parker's last fight, a bout against Marcelo Nascimento which he stopped in the seventh round after the Brazilian received a barrage of punches to the head from the 22-year-old. Nascimento was annoyed at the decision, but it appeared to be the right one - Parker was hitting him at will and the potential for serious injury was enormous. Not so, according to Minto. "It was a premature stoppage in the last fight," he said. "I didn't think Nascimento was hurt that bad but now that I've started putting the puzzle together, maybe he is in favour of the promoters."


Lonergan said: "Brian doesn't get to pick referees."


- APNZ


Parker sizes up Minto ahead of bout


Like the lead-up to many heavyweight fights, Saturday's Joseph Parker-Brian Minto bout has been dominated by trash talk and disagreements. While issues over drug testing, gloves and referees have split the camps, the fight will go ahead, come what may. Today Kevin Barry and Minto stepped away for a heart-to-heart. With pro boxing outside WADA's umbrella, Barry's ended his crusade for drug testing, having called Minto a cheat last week for using a prescription gel for low testosterone.

"Because we've had no drugs tests I think it's a dead topic," says Barry.



That leaves time to discuss the clash of styles between Parker, who will jab from the outside, and Minto, who stands 12cm shorter. "Minto's the kind of guy who is on your chest and puts on a lot of pressure," says Parker. "Having speed and being able to move around a lot more will help me with a fighter like Minto." To do that Parker has trimmed from 108kg to 102kg. Getting in top shape takes extra dedication for Minto, who has had nightly hydrotherapy to eliminate aches and pains. "At 39 years old recovery is the hardest thing for me to get, so this is actually helping me, and it's got me in the best shape that I've been in yet," says Minto. He's now 96kg and says the treatment allows him to train harder every day. With 39 wins from 46 fights, he's also banking on experience in the ring.


"He can't find his range real good at first," says Minto. "In the Nascimento fight  he looked like he was leaning a lot and very aggressive – in too big of a hurry." "I am fighting guys who are a lot better and have been in the game a long time and are very experienced, but with the training camp I've had and the things I've learnt, they've given me confidence in my ability," says Parker. For Parker to sniff victory in his ninth professional fight he'll have to overcome a smaller fighter who poses his biggest challenge yet.


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Minto bruised in buildup to Joseph Parker bout

SIMON PLUMB



HIGH STAKES: Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker (left) and American challenger Brian Minto face off at a press conference in Auckland.  Boxer Brian Minto insists his nose is bruised, but not broken, ahead of Saturday's fight against rising New Zealand talent Joseph Parker. At the best of times, it's difficult to decipher fact from fiction in the world of professional boxing, particularly in the immediate lead-up to a fight. The last two weeks of promotion for the Parker-Minto clash have been no different.  There's been scuttlebutt aplenty, allegations of drug-taking, drug testing which fell through, a supposed perforated ear-drum and a dispute over one fighter wanting to use so-called "cheat's" gloves.


 Such storylines have emanated from, and been peddled by, the two relative camps under the watch of promoter, Duco Events.  However, the issue of Minto's nose hasn't come from the same, internal sources.  Last week Fairfax Media reported Minto had undergone X-rays to determine the damage caused by a blow he took from Commonwealth Games-bound Kiwi, David Light, during sparring. At a press conference in Auckland today, Minto said there is no fracture and while admitting he took a shot in sparring, Minto says the issue is just "a bump". "It's just not true, it was a bump on my nose and yes, I did get hit in sparring but my nose is not fractured. It's bruised," Minto said. But, clearly, it's troubled him enough to have it checked out. It's also clear that amidst all the allegations and enforced build-up, that this is the actual story so far.


For Parker, the situation represents a clear crack in the defence of a fighter easily capable of not only testing his promising credentials, but silencing a partisan Kiwi crowd - just as Minto did six months ago when he beat Shane Cameron. And the opportunity, the significance of the chink in Minto's armour is not lost on Parker.

I think it's a very, very bad time for Minto to have problems with his nose. It's probably going to be my main target on Saturday night," Parker said. 

"I've heard he got caught with a good punch in sparring. He says it's not broken, but it will still hurt. It will still be tender for him. "But, even if he has a sore nose and is hurt, Brian is a good fighter, and he has heart. When he gets knocked down he just stands back up again and keeps going. I know that he won't give up. "I know he will carry on no matter what. But, I'm feeling great, we've had a tremendous training camp. I feel a lot leaner and confident."


- Stuff


Boxing: The gloves fit as Parker fight gets niggly


Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry plans to exploit a loophole in Brian Minto's fight contract regarding the type of gloves his man will wear in their heavyweight clash next Saturday, a move likely to bring relations between the camps to a new low. In a build-up already notable for claims of performance-enhancing drug-taking, accusations of lies and threats to sue, Barry's glove strategy is likely to anger Minto, a fighter he trained for his stunning victory over Shane Cameron, even further. 

"Minto cunningly wrote into the contract, unbeknown to me until the contract was signed, that we would not wear Everlast MX gloves," said Barry. "I prefer them. It's a puncher's glove. I'm trying to develop Joe into a puncher so, when that was taken off the table, I looked around for another option."



Minto, who has admitted to taking testosterone for hypogonadism - which inhibits the body's ability to produce the hormone - and has threatened to sue Barry for revealing his condition, has described the Everlast MX gloves as "cheater's gloves", saying they are dangerous. As a compromise, Barry has selected Reyes gloves for Parker which, like the Everlast MXs, are made with a combination of horse hair and foam. However, the Reyes gloves have the potential to suit Parker's precision and power even more than Barry's first choice. "Reyes are a legendary puncher's glove," Barry said. "Everyone from [Manny] Pacquiao to De La Hoya to Muhammad Ali at the end of his career, even though he was an Everlast guy, wore Reyes. Reyes are the best-made boxing glove in the world. "The Everlast gloves have five layers of foam. The Reyes gloves have horse hair and three layers of foam."


Asked what gloves Minto would wear, Barry said: "I don't care. All I know is Joe Parker won't be wearing MXs because Minto put it in the contract that the glove is far too dangerous, then in a mixed message said, 'I'm going to get my fist and smash it into Joe Parker's ear because he's got a busted ear drum'. "I'm trying to work out what the hell he's thinking. But it will make him think when Joe is punching his nose with the Reyes."  Parker has trimmed his previously 108kg frame to 102kg but doesn't seem to have lost any of his power or strength. In an open sparring session in South Auckland on Friday, the 22-year-old dominated his 38-year-old opponent Junior Maletino Iakopo, a man who recently sent Afa Tatupu into retirement with a fifth-round knockout.


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Minto considers legal action against Parker's trainer


Brian Minto is considering legal action against Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry, just over a week out from their heavyweight fight in Manukau, Auckland. Barry has labelled Minto a drugs cheat, revealing the American uses a testosterone gel. 


FULL INTERVIEW: Brian Minto denies drug cheat allegations


 Minto is furious the confidential information is now public and insists he has legitimate medical reasons. "One thing that I don't appreciate is people going out and talking about my medical conditions without my authorisation, which is kind of illegal to do," he says. Today Barry made the information public when asked about his desire for pre-fight drug testing. "When I heard Dean Lonergan say to me a couple of months back that Brian Minto is using testosterone replacement therapy I said, 'No friggin' way,'" says Barry. "I said, so long as it's prescription and as long as you've got medical exemptions, I don't care, that's fine," says Lonergan. Minto says he has the paperwork to show he has low testosterone levels from a condition called hypogonadism.



"Mine was abnormally low at 125 when the norm is 300." He says it was caused by age and repeated blows to the head, and means without therapy he struggles to recover from training. Now he is seriously considering legal action. "I think some people need to be taught a lesson. I think Kevin Barry is definitely crossing boundaries here with me." It means Minto and Barry have a fight on their hands in, and out of, the ring.


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Heavyweights in each other's corner


One's a prize fighter known for leaving opponents stunned and silent. The other is a heavyweight champ. Judith "Crusher" Collins, 55, and New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker, 22, are an unlikely duo. "She's my auntie. I tell all the boys she's my auntie, and they say, 'No way, serious?' But I'm proud she's got my back," Parker told the Weekend Herald over lunch yesterday. "I like the powerful connection," he adds with a wink. "I like having a heavyweight champ to call in should things get nasty," Collins chuckles. "Take that, Trev." Collins, or "Auntie Judith" as Parker prefers, is related via marriage. Parker's Samoan father, Dempsey, is first cousin to David Wong Tung, Judith's husband. The family are close, and as Parker tells it, "very involved with every aspect of my career. My dad, my mum, my uncle Moses, my sister and brother, we are all involved with the decision-making. But I go to Uncle David and Auntie Judith for advice on contracts.


They take care of all the legal stuff," Parker says. Collins and her husband, both former lawyers, keep a close eye on their nephew and his career. "I always wanted him to go to university because he's so bright. He really could do anything," said Wong Tung. Parker won a scholarship to Unitec, but the constant travelling with his boxing career took a toll on studies. "I've put my degree on hold, but I will finish it," Parker says with determination. "When I'm not training, I'm reading. I love to read and learn." Joseph has returned home this week after a camp in Las Vegas with his trainer Kevin Barry ahead of his fight against American Brian Minto next Saturday.


The Pullman Hotel is home. "It has to be," he explains. "That way I can focus solely on my fight. If I go home, the family will gather around, and mum [Sala] will feed me up." "No chop suey! No coconut cream!" Collins laughs.  Parker's fight against 39-year-old Minto is his biggest yet and his chance to get into the rankings. New Zealand's heavyweight champ, at just 22, knows this bout is a step up in his career, which includes eight wins from eight fights and seven knockouts. "I just want to be champ," he says. "I'm focused now. I really want it." • Joseph Parker v. Brian Minto on Sky Arena on Saturday, July 5.



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Boxing: Minto on performance-enhancing drugs - Barry



The build-up to the showdown between New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker and Brian Minto took another twist today when Parker's trainer Kevin Barry revealed the American has been taking testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. Barry's determination to get a "level playing field" for Parker included his request of a drugs test for both men, but that fell through this week as professional boxing is not signed up to the World Anti-Doping Agency protocols for testing. However, Barry turned the screw further after Parker's open sparring session in South Auckland, when claiming Minto had told promotor Dean Lonergan that he was on a prescription testosterone replacement therapy. This afternoon Minto confirmed he has been on the medication for five years.


"Brian told me probably about four or five months ago," Lonergan said. "He asked me 'do you have a drama with it' and I said 'so long as it's cleared I don't have a drama with it'. I understand he's on prescription and he's also got a medical clearance so I don't have any problem with it." He added: "It comes down to what levels he's at. But it's very difficult to get it [testing] done with validity." Minto said he was angry at Barry for revealing his medical condition. He said he suffers from hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. "I've got a tonne of medical papers if anyone wants to see them," he said. "He definitely was in the wrong doing that." Barry, however, wasn't moved. He said: "I don't know if he thinks admitting to the promoter that he is taking testosterone is okay because 'I've told him'. It's not. The bottom line is it's illegal and he shouldn't be taking it. This whole aspect that 'I'm taking it because of medical reasons' is a crock of sh*t. He's taking it because of the results that it gives him - the increased strength, the lean muscle mass and the recovery. He wants at the age of nearly 40 to feel like he did when he was in his 20s.


"I looked at the photos of when he was here last fighting Shane Cameron and obviously his body shape has changed in the last six months considering the fact that when he came down here he had just had two fights in the UK and claimed to be in great shape. If that was him in great shape, now he is in much, much better shape. It's my job as Joseph's trainer to be able to ask that question." The drugs issue is another controversy during what has already been a murky build-up to the fight in Manukau a week tomorrow. Minto claims Parker was dropped in sparring and is still having problems with an eardrum that was perforated in his last fight two months ago, accusations the 22-year-old has angrily denied, telling Minto he is going to "hurt" him. Minto confirmed today he did not have a broken nose after suffering an injury in sparring this week.



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Parker accuses Minto of trash talk



Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has swung back at Brian Minto ahead of their bout in Auckland next week. The 22-year-old has accused his American opponent of trash talk after Minto fuelled rumours that Parker was floored in sparring, and still hasn't recovered from a perforated eardrum in his last bout. "He's been spreading a few stories about me in my own hometown, saying that I've been dropped in sparring and saying that there's been problems with my ear," says Parker. He denies both.

Minto's source is Parker's Las Vegas sparring partner, Kiwi Brice Ritani-Coe. "We didn't see it but you have to keep it in the back of your mind," says Minto. However, they do appear closer to ending a disagreement on gloves. Minto prefers moulded foam to Parker's mitts, filled with horse hair and foam. "I think they're a cheater's glove. There's not padding in them whatsoever," says Minto. Now the Parker camp seems to have softened its stance. "I don't mind," says Parker. "I've been training so hard and am just ready to get into the ring and get into action." With drug testing tomorrow, the talk about this fight should soon be about the differences in the ring, not out of it.


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Broken nose no bar to tough-guy Brian Minto

LIAM NAPIER


Brian Minto will today find out whether he broke his nose during sparring this week. But regardless of the 11th-hour injury the American heavyweight plans to fight through the pain in his bout against Joseph Parker. Fairfax Media understands Minto had X-rays yesterday to determine the damage caused by a blow he took from Commonwealth Games-bound Kiwi David Light this week. Minto will today consult a specialist to find out the results and avoid any further sparring to protect the injury.

‘‘As far as I can see it just looks like a badly bruised area,’’ Minto said last night. ‘‘I’ve been icing it and doing all the things I’ve got to do to keep the swelling down. It’s just part of the fight game. No-one ever goes into a fight 100 per cent.


‘‘It hurts like hell but I’ll carry on. Maybe it evens the playing field with his eardrum being perforated. I don’t believe Joseph Parker’s eardrum is completely healed yet.’’

Minto indicated even if the specialist said his nose was broken, the fight with Parker on July 5 in Manukau would go ahead as planned. ‘‘I’ll have to think about that, but probably not,’’ he said of results changing his mind. ‘‘That’s worst-case scenario. I’m not even thinking about that at the moment. ‘‘It’s what you call life. You’ve got to overcome obstacles once in a while. It wouldn’t be the first time. When I fought Shane Cameron my rib was fractured three weeks before that. I came over here with a rib that was barely healed and I beat him. I also fought with a broken thumb when I knocked Axel Schulz out. If anything I’ve been through this many times.’’


Despite the setback, trainer Chris Martin supported Minto’s determined attitude. ‘‘It’s bruised up; there’s a bit of swelling and his eyes have gone a bit dark but it’s just business as usual. The fight is all go,’’ he said. ‘‘Even it [his nose] was broken it probably wouldn’t change anything. He’s a tough man and he’s come here to fight.’’ New Zealand Professional Boxing Association secretary Pat Leonard said Minto would have to be examined by referee Guy Naden at next week’s weigh-in but, ultimately, the decision to fight or not was a personal choice. ‘‘Brian should declare it to the doctor,’’ Leonard said. ‘‘He will have to be satisfied that no serious injury can result from it. The bone in there is not too far away from the brain. But it will be up to Brian to decide whether he can fight with it.’’ Duco Events promoter David Higgins was unaware of the injury. ‘‘His nose was flat when he arrived and will be flatter when he goes home,’’ Higgins claimed. ‘‘If Brian had the courtesy of telling me first I would have been more sympathetic.’’


- Stuff


Parker-Minto heats up New Zealand (Photos-click here)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing


Things are heating up in advance of the clash between unbeaten heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) and veteran Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs), who meet July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand.


Parker claims Minto is spreading false rumors about him being knocked down in sparring and still not being recovered from an eardrum injury. He also vowed to “hurt” Minto to avenge Minto’s win over Kiwi Shane Cameron. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry has pushed for a drug test which will be administered to both fighters in front lf the media Thursday. There is also a glove controversy, with Minto balking at Parker’s horsehair and foam “cheater’s gloves.”


Test results won't impact on Parker-Minto fight

SIMON PLUMB


Heavyweight boxers Joseph Parker and Brian Minto will be tested for performance enhancing drugs tomorrow – but the results won’t impact whether next month’s pay-per-view event goes ahead. Fight promoter, Duco Events, today extended an unusual opportunity to media, inviting journalists to attend the company’s Auckland offices tomorrow to cover Parker and Minto having blood samples taken. Duco director, Dean Lonergan, says blood testing has been implemented proactively – and paid for – by his company with a desire to prove the headline fighters are clean of performance enhancing drugs.  However, Lonergan says the samples will take at least two weeks to return – after his organisation’s July 5 pay-per-view event has been held.



‘‘We’re going to be testing for everything on the Wada banned list that would be performance enhancing drugs,’’ Lonergan told Fairfax Media. ‘‘Kevin Barry [Parker’s trainer], in particular, has pushed hard for this because he reckons Brian Minto at age 39 has lost a lot of weight, has got increased muscle mass, and he just wants to make sure it’s a level playing field for everyone and Brian’s not getting assistance. If we’re going to test Brian, we have to test Joseph. ‘‘From my understanding, by the time it gets shipped overseas, tested and the results come back is at least two weeks. That’s going to be after the fight.’’ In an ‘‘ideal world’’ Lonergan said the results would have been back before the July 5 event, but he has had to wait for Parker to arrive back in the country from training in Las Vegas so that Duco could do the testing ‘‘properly and do it in front of the media.’’


 

‘‘Obviously, to do it properly and do it in front of the media, we couldn’t do anything until Joseph Parker actually got here, so as to make it fair for both parties,’’ he said.

Lonergan also said ‘‘everything on the Wada banned list’’ would be scanned for, but acknowledged it would be difficult to get any testing done by a Wada-accredited laboratory, of which there is only one in Oceania, as only signatories to the Wada code have access to those channels.  Lonergan said Drug Free Sport New Zealand, the Crown’s anti-doping entity and New Zealand’s signatory to the Wada code, was unable to have a role in the testing process as, unlike amateur boxing, professional boxing sits outside the Wada code. Chief executive of DFSNZ, Graeme Steel, told Fairfax Media blood accounts for approximately 10 per cent of DFSNZ testing, with urine providing the widest net and a combination of the two preferred, and most credible, method. ‘‘Blood is not the best medium to test for most things, but it’s the only medium to test for a few. Probably 10 per cent of what we look for is detectable through blood,’’ Steel said.



Steel also said Kiwi athletes subject to the Wada code are tested without notice. ‘‘Advanced notice testing has little credibility in Wada-based regimes,’’ he said. While only blood was originally declared as part of Duco’s testing regime for the Parker-Minto fight, Lonergan tonight said urine testing would also be included and that samples of both fighters would be tested in both Los Angeles and New Zealand. ‘‘We don’t have to do this, full stop. Usually you only do this sort of stuff when it comes to world title fights and the sanctioning bodies demand it. We [Duco], on a regular basis, drug test just because we think it is the right thing to do,’’ Lonergan said. ‘‘Each blood test costs us about $500 to do for performance enhancing. It’s a straight-out promoter cost. ‘‘If a result was to come back positive, for either fighter, there’d be potential if the fighter who’d won tested positive for drugs, potentially, the result would be overturned. It has got ramifications.’’



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Boxing: Parker tells Minto - 'I'm going to hurt you'



New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker has hit back at what he describes as "stories" being told by opponent Brian Minto, telling the American he is going to "hurt" him at their clash in Auckland a week on Saturday. It is the first time 22-year-old Parker has taken on an opponent during the lead-up to a fight. He normally takes a respectful, low-key approach. However, this morning, his irritation was clear as he addressed rumours about being knocked down in training and a suggestion from Minto that his perforated ear drum, suffered in his last fight against Marcelo Nascimento in Germany in late April, might not have healed. "He's been spreading a few stories about me in my hometown, saying that I've been dropped in sparring and saying there's been problems with my ear," Parker said. "But to be honest, Brian, there's nothing wrong with my ear. It's perfectly fine.



"It was great to be in that training camp when you trained for Shane Cameron where I could see how you prepare for a fight and see how you prepare mentally as well. 

Come July 5, on behalf of New Zealand I'm going to avenge that loss you gave to Shane Cameron and I'm really going to hurt you." Asked about the change of approach, Parker replied: "I've been in camp for six weeks in Vegas and I've trained the house down. I'm a lot more confident in myself, I'm confident about what I can do in the ring, that's why I've reacted that way today." Both Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry were in Minto's corner for his stunning victory over Cameron late last year, which brings a different dynamic to their showdown. It is understood that Barry was instrumental in securing Minto as an opponent, but an added edge has come in the form of Barry's request Minto be tested for performance-enhancing drugs. Both men will be tested tomorrow morning.


Minto, who like Parker, looked in excellent physical condition, said he wasn't bothered by the pre-fight chat from Barry. As far as Parker's trouble in training was concerned, that was something he heard from one of the South Aucklander's sparring partners, he claimed. "It could be talk, but usually when you have a perforated ear drum it takes two months to heal. I don't believe it's been two months. I brought that out there because I thought it was something that needed to be addressed. "I'm not talking trash, I'm just saying the facts that I've heard." Another controversy building ahead of the fight in Manukau is the fact Minto is refusing to wear the Everlast MX gloves Parker prefers. The gloves, padded with a blend of horse hair and form, were referred to as "cheaters' gloves" by Minto.


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Boxing: Parker due back in NZ

By Daniel Richardson


Joseph Parker will arrive back in New Zealand today to put the finishing touches on his preparation for his upcoming bout with Brian Minto. Parker's trainer Kevin Barry believes his young heavyweight charge is looking as good as he ever has following their training camp in Las Vegas and there's no denying the 22-year-old will need to take another step forward when he meets American veteran Minto in South Auckland on July 5. After knocking out Afa Tatupu late last year and stopping Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in the seventh round in Germany in April, Parker extended his career record to a perfect 8-0.



But both of those fights included lapses from Parker who has displayed a tendency to get too eager and look for a finish rather than sticking to his fight plan. Minto (39-7) represents a stiffer challenge and showed during his TKO victory over Shane Cameron in December that he likes to bring the fight inside, lead with his head and isn't opposed to throwing elbows if he can get away with it. Given Parker's superior size and speed, he will need to keep on the outside, work his jab and look to use combinations to beat the 1.80m Minto. "He's had a very good camp," Barry said of Parker. "This is the fight that Joseph needed to really motivate him and he's prepared very, very well. This is the best Joseph Parker I've seen since I started working with him in April last year."




Parker's training camp focused on improving his cardiovascular fitness to ensure he will be quick enough to match it with Minto and there's a good chance he will be lighter than the 108kg he fought at when he beat Nascimento. It wouldn't be boxing without a few mind games and Barry was at it last week as he called for thorough drug testing before the fight as he raised concerns around the improved physical condition of Minto. The 39-year-old Minto, ranked 12th by the WBO, laughed off the calls, welcomed the testing and said he was ready for the bout after working under Kiwi trainer Chris Martin during his time in New Zealand.


"This is the hardest I've ever worked in my career and I'm just going to be honest with you and tell you the truth because immaturity was what held me back; and ignorance," Minto said. "It's a sport that you've got to be dedicated to and that goes for discipline with your social life, the food you intake and the way you train." Minto's WBO Oriental heavyweight title will be on the line in Manukau in two weeks as well as Parker's PABA interim crown.


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Boxing: Steep Vegas fitness plan hones Kiwi

By Daniel Richardson


Steps and slopes was the catchcry of Joseph Parker's recent training camp in Las Vegas. As he eyes his July 5 bout with American Brian Minto in South Auckland, Parker's trainer Kevin Barry wanted to shed some weight from the 22-year-old heavyweight to ensure he will be able to move around the ring with extra speed. Parker tipped the scales at 108kg when he beat Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in Germany in April but is expected to weigh around 102kg when he meets the 1.80m Minto who is ranked 12th by the WBO.  His seven-week camp in Las Vegas saw Parker drop the weights and head to a park in Las Vegas where he pulled on his running shoes.




"Steps and slopes," Barry said. "One is the four-foot wide concrete steps that go up on a grade of about 35 degrees, then we have a solid concrete slope that's at 45 degrees and it's about 35m and he would do that 25 to 30 times [per session], so it's a very good workout." Parker's camp ahead of his last bout included more than 100 rounds of sparring and given the intensity associated with running steps regularly, Barry pulled back on the cardio to ensure Parker wasn't tired for sparring, which added to his weight. But they've reversed that thinking this time around to ensure Parker is more explosive in Manukau.


Standing 1.92m, the 8-0 Parker, who holds the PABA interim heavyweight title, has a notable height and reach advantage over Minto but controlling that distance and exploiting his physical advantages will be crucial to his ability to win the fight. Minto (39-7) has only been defeated three times via knockout and Parker must show improved maturity to stick to the path to success laid down by Barry. "It's really important that he fights a smart fight," Barry said. "We know that Minto's a very experienced guy. He's very durable and we got to have a really good look at him up close last December in his dismantling of Shane Cameron. So Joseph's well aware of what Minto brings to this fight." 



Parker returned to New Zealand yesterday morning and was at the gym within two hours of landing.


- NZ Herald


Parker camp demands drug testing for Minto

JONATHAN MCKEOWN


Heavyweight boxer Brian Minto says Team Parker must be "scared as hell" after requesting he undergo a test for banned substances. Results are pending on a blood test Minto took on Monday after Joseph Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, requested that promoters Duco Events test Minto for banned substances ahead of the Hydr8 Zero Heavyweight Explosion boxing fight scheduled for July 5. Speaking from his base in Las Vegas, Barry said he had been keeping tabs on Minto's progress. He said he was not accusing Minto of anything and that he simply wants confirmation that there is an even playing field heading into this fight at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.



Barry said he had noticed differences in Minto's physique since he defeated Shane Cameron at the Fight for Life last December. "For a 39-year-old who hasn't fought in over six months, it is pretty hard to get yourself in that shape, and a lot of guys are looking for an edge to prolong their careers," Barry said. "As Joe's trainer, I need to be asking the questions. It's my right. As long as Minto is doing it clean, inside the rules of WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency], I have no problems." Minto, who is ranked 11 in the world by the WBA, shrugged off questions around his integrity. He then fired back at Barry. "In the end it's not him fighting me, it is Joseph Parker getting in the ring. "So Kevin can play all the mind games he wants to. I'm not going to fall for any of his antics.

 



"They are scared as hell. It is the fear of the unknown, they don't know what they are going to get. They may be training for one thing but something else might be coming at them." Minto has been in the gym for six months, training twice a day. Since arriving in New Zealand in May, he has been training with Chris Martin of Boxing Alley, who Minto rates as good, if not better, than the many high-profile trainers he worked with in the United States. Billed as "The Beast" for his confrontational, front-foot fighting style, Minto's abrasive ring tactics may push the boundaries, but he maintained the test results, due out later this week, would show it was a strong work ethic that had him in top shape ahead of the bout. "People want to make allegations about this and about that, it is just hard work," said Minto.



"I am clean, why wouldn't I be? Ask Kevin Barry if he is clean. Why don't they make Joe take [a blood test] too?" Dean Lonergan of Duco Events confirmed Parker would undergo a test soon after he returned to New Zealand on Monday. Barry said he had no concerns at all and welcomed the test for Parker. "Joseph Parker is a clean athlete. He trains hard. He disciplines himself and lives the life of an elite athlete." Barry disputed that asking for a test meant that he was worried about his fighter's chances in the upcoming bout - which will see the Minto's WBO Oriental Championship Belt and Parker's WBA-PABA Interim Heavyweight Championship go on the line. "It's not so much that I am concerned," said Barry. "We just want to make sure it is a level playing field.




"It is the best Joseph Parker I have seen. We have a good game plan and we are itching to get to New Zealand and get Minto into the ring."


- The Nelson Mail


Parker and Minto to be drug tested before bout

By Daniel Richardson


Kevin Barry has raised concerns around American boxer Brian Minto ahead of his showdown with Joseph Parker next month and has demanded stringent drug testing for the bout. At 39, Minto (39-7) has managed to get himself in to good shape for the contest that will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland on July 5 and Barry wants pre-and-post-fight urine and blood tests. Boxing's drug-testing protocols are murky at best given they're basically non-existent and vary on a fight-by-fight basis. Some bouts have Olympic-style testing if both competitors agree, while other people within the sport have advocated for random testing to help the sport's image.

  

 

Before Parker's last bout with Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in Germany in April, neither fighter was tested. "When you look at Minto, he looks completely different from last December when he fought Shane Cameron," Barry said from Las Vegas. "He hasn't fought in six months, but miraculously, at the age of 39, he's visibly got himself in terrific physical condition. "As Joe's trainer, I need to be asking the question. As long as Minto is doing things the right way and doing it clean, then I have no problems." Minto, who has been training under coach Chris Martin since arriving in New Zealand recently, said he went straight back to the gym with a renewed motivation after he beat Cameron in a fight where he was coached by Barry.  "I'm not too worried about it at all," Minto said of the tests. "They're just taking my hard work and trying to make it seem like it's not hard work.




"It's just Kevin Barry trying to play his mind games and everything so I'll just let them do whatever they want." Duco's Dean Lonergan confirmed the testing would take place to ensure a level playing field. "We know 100 per cent that our fighters are clean," Lonergan said. "So we just want to make sure everyone else is clean as well."


This is the second sticking point of the fight after Minto had a clause written in to his contract barring the use of the Everlast MX gloves, which are Parker's preferred mitts. The MX gloves, made of horse hair and foam as opposed to a more traditional moulded foam, offer assistance to a heavy hitter like Parker (8-0) who has used the gloves in his last two knockout victories over Afa Tatupu and Nascimento. Minto, ranked 12th by the WBO, will put his WBO Oriental heavyweight title on the line in next month's bout, while Parker's interim PABA crown will also be up for grabs. Meanwhile, negotiations are ongoing to put Kiwi light heavyweight Robert Berridge on the big stage with a fight in the US on August 9. Berridge (23-1-1), who will meet Brazilian Rogerio Damasco (12-1-2) on the undercard of Parker's bout with Minto, recently missed out on the opportunity to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev later this year. Lonergan said Berridge could fight on a card in Pennsylvania that will be headlined by Ukrainian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov who is ranked No 2 by the IBF.


- APNZ


Lean and mean Joseph Parker ready to rumble

JONATHAN MCKEOWN



A lean and mean Joseph Parker has arrived in New Zealand at a trim 102 kilograms. He is tipping the scales six kilos lighter than when he last fought, but what he has lost in weight he has gained in aggression. The 22-year-old New Zealand heavyweight champion has just returned to the country after a camp in Las Vegas with his trainer Kevin Barry. The pair arrived at 5.30am yesterday and were in the gym two hours later for the first of two sessions that day as part of the buildup towards Parker's fight against American Brian Minto on July 5. Barry said a change in the training regime, lighter weight work, more cardio and less sparring were behind Parker's change in physique.



The change in attitude was all down to desire. ''It would be fair to say, this fight means a lot more to Joe than any fight before,'' said Barry. ''I can promise you this is the meanest Joe I have seen in training. We are going to see a meaner fighter. I have seen a difference in him in this camp. He wants to dominate this fight.'' Barry put the change down to maturity, coincidently illustrated by the well-groomed beard Parker is now sporting. He said Parker also realised that Minto was a legitimate professional with a good record.



''This is Joseph's opportunity to get into the rankings and this is an opportunity he is seizing. He will make sure he takes care of business.'' Parker tipped the scales at 108kg ahead of his last fight against Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in April. Parker took his record to eight wins from eight fights, including seven knockouts with a seventh-round TKO victory in Germany. The back-to-back training camps since that fight have changed focus dramatically. Weight and strength work were replaced with road work on the slopes surrounding Vegas. The number of sparring rounds were cut in half from 130 rounds. Barry said the change was not in response to something he saw in Parker's last fight, it was in anticipation of what he would face in the ring with Minto. ''It was important for me, fighting a smaller opponent like Brian Minto, that Joseph be busier and more explosive in this fight. ''For this training camp there was a big focus on cardio, we put the weights down and we focused on plyometrics and dynamic, explosive exercises.''



Standing 1.92m tall with fast hands and proven knockout power, Parker is currently about 1kg lighter than when he knocked out Francois Botha in the second round to announce himself to the New Zealand public less than a year ago. Barry said the lighter frame had no negative effect on strength but improved his speed. ''His strength is improved and he is faster and more mobile. Now for a guy who is quick, for me to say he is faster and more explosive is hard to say, but it is a fact.'' Minto, who has an impressive 39-7 record, is ranked 11 by the WBO. The 39-year-old, who has mixed it with title contenders such as Chris Arreola and Axel Shulz, last weighed in at 96kg when he defeated Shane Cameron in December. The shorter fighter, at 1.80m, likes to muscle up on the inside, but is unlikely to have Parker stand in front of him the way Cameron did when Minto scored a seventh-round TKO, and won the WBO Oriental Championship belt. Minto will put that belt on the line to match the WBA-PABA Interim Heavyweight Championship belt Parker won in his fight with Nascimento.


- The Nelson Mail


Sparring partner tips Parker to dismantle Minto

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE

Joseph Parker is tipped to dispose of Brian Minto by the man who has helped prime the rising Kiwi heavyweight for the July 5 clash in Auckland. Brice Ritani-Coe returned from Las Vegas to prove a force at last week's Super 8 contest, making it through to the semifinals after upsetting American Alonzo Butler in his opening fight. Ritani-Coe sparred with Parker for more than 30 rounds in Vegas before travelling south. The sessions had mutual benefit, with both fighters preparing for major action. Ritani-Coe reports that Parker is looking good for his clash with Minto, the no-nonsense American who destroyed Shane Cameron late last year. "Joseph is in good shape. We did a lot of rounds together which helped me and I feel I've helped him," Ritani-Coe said. "It will be an interesting one against Minto, but I think Joe will be OK - he's slick, he's quick. "Minto is tough and comes forward non-stop and he's going all the time. But I think Joe is fitter and faster and that will tell." Minto (29 wins and seven losses) has been taunting the unbeaten Parker on social media, talking up his training and assuring the 22-year-old he will have a tough night. - Sunday News



MINTO SHRUGS OFF CAMERON CONTROVERSY


Brian Minto is shrugging off the controversy which has engulfed him after arriving in Auckland a full month ahead of his title fight against Joseph Parker.

The 39-year-old American, who defeated Shane Cameron in a brutal seven-round demolition job in December to move to 12 in the WBO rankings, has immediately annoyed a number of kiwis by claiming on a television advertisement he has sent the Mountain Warrior into retirement. The advertisement was pulled from the air and re-edited after a complaint – presumably from Cameron’s camp – that the former contender had not in fact retired. David Higgins of Duco Events said he believed Minto had simply got carried away in making the claim about Cameron. “Brian can be nasty piece of work as he showed when he destroyed Shane Cameron in December,” Mr Higgins said. “I’m going to teach him a lesson by taking him to the golf course this weekend and giving him the thrashing he so richly deserves. Then on July 5 Joseph is also going to give him a thrashing.” The rugged Minto says he’s fully committed himself to the sport for a final tilt at the big time.



“I’ve never been this honest with myself,” said Minto, who has engaged the services of veteran Kiwi trainer Chris Martin for the defense of his WBO Oriental Heavyweight title. “I’ve tried hard in a lot of fights but I’ve never been as prepared as I am now. Beyond my training and my family I don’t have a life. You don’t see me socialising.”

Parker’s career has been on a steady upward trajectory since he turned pro in 2012, however Minto insists the 22-year-old Kiwi’s progress is about to hit a road block carved out of solid Pennsylvanian granite. “I’ve got a lot more experience than most fighters and I’m here to fight. I take my hat off to Duco and everyone else who thinks that Joseph should step up this fast. But let’s be honest, I didn’t see any fire in the kid when he fought in Germany” There would be no shortage of fire in Minto’s belly come July 5, he insisted.“I’m here to win, I’m not here to lose. Being called a journeyman, that’s a misinterpretation by the media. If I am world-ranked and I beat Shane Cameron, who is world-ranked, what does that make me? It doesn’t make me a journeyman.” Parker will remain in camp Las Vegas with his trainer Kevin Barry until June 23. The 8-0 Kiwi has reacted to news of Minto’s early arrival with relish. “I’ve heard that this fight is the hardest he’s ever trained in his career,” Parker said. “He’s coming prepared so that will make for a good fight.”

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Power struggle begins ahead of Parker's showdown with Minto


The power struggle has begun a month out from the showdown between Kiwi heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker and American Brian Minto. The 22-year-old Kiwi's preferred glove type has been ruled out in the visitor's contract. They're the thing that turns a fist fight into the sport of boxing but Minto believes one glove is not quite like the other. "This is the Mexican glove it basically feels like there is no recoil off it so when you push it it smashes down to where your knuckle would pierce through the glove," he told ONE News, showing the glove. This means any hit packs a lot more punch. "They have a little less padding over the strike area but they have been approved by all of the sanctioning organisations and all of the governing commissions.


However for Minto that doesn't count for a lot. The American is refusing Parker to use the gloves when the two get in the ring in South Auckland on July 5. Minto says the horse hair stuffing compacts more than foam and makes them dangerous. "I got caught in the back of the head with a shot off the ropes from a southpaw fighter and I lost vision in my eye for maybe half an hour because your optic nerve's back here." The ruling's got Parker's corner seeing red as they're the exact gloves the rising star has worn in his past two knockouts. "This is not amateur boxing, people get paid to hurt their opponent. "The Mexican glove is designed for optimal power transfer and the gloves are only dangerous if you're getting hit by them obviously Minto is planning on getting hit a lot by Joseph." This may mean the veteran has already landed an early blow.
"I'm sure he's a big strong kid and he's a powerful puncher but we'll see mentally what this does."

Joseph Parker back to basics for Minto clash

​DUNCAN JOHNSTONE

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has tweaked his game plan for his intriguing clash with American brawler Brian Minto next month. The undefeated Parker takes on the veteran Minto in South Auckland on July 5. Parker's trainer Kevin Barry has ordered a change of tactics to counter the aggression Minto will bring to this contest. Minto is a come-forward fighter, a bloke who loves to be in the face of his opponent. It's in stark contrast to Parker's last fight, when he had to chase down rangy Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento for a seventh round knockout victory in Germany. "I've set the game plan in place for Minto, we started working on that game plan from day one," Barry said from Las Vegas where Parker is three weeks into his training. "It's just a couple of little changes we've made from the last camp … just tweaking a few things.

"We're getting back to the basics a little bit more. I want a lot of straight punching against Minto - I don't want these looping right hands, I don't want us to be in a position where we can get anywhere near Minto's elbows or his head." In a sense much of the groundwork for this fight was laid in the leadup to Parker's fight in Germany on the undercard to Wladimir Klitchko's successful world title defence. Parker had been expecting to take on Sherman Williams, another go-forward boxer of similar dimensions to Minto. When Williams controversially withdrew, Parker had to make late adjustments against the much taller and wild-swinging Nascimento. He got out of jail, surviving a burst eardrum when he dropped his guard against the Brazilian in the sixth round. Now Barry is demanding a far more clinical defensive performance from his young charge. Many have questioned the sense of putting Parker in the ring against Minto at this developmental stage of his career, especially after the American brutally ended Shane Cameron's time in the ring last year. But Parker's backers argue that if he is to be the real deal, he needs to be disposing of journeymen like Minto. - Sunday News


Video: Boxing Brodie 

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Joseph Parker and Leah have a moment during a plank off
Bryce and Joseph Parker have a plank off with a twist... don't think we have ever seen Leah so flustered.

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Joseph Parker plays red or black boxing with Jono and Ben
Yeah, we just wanted Joseph to knock the boys around a little. Kinda hard to disguise that one.

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Joseph Parker Live In Studio
FM Si & Gary - speaking with Joseph Parker & Kevin Barry live in studio.

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Heavyweight Joseph Parker's camp wary of next opponent

Joseph Parker hit as favoured gloves come off
DUNCAN JOHNSTONE

BIG GUNS: Joseph Parker used the controversial gloves to earn another belt in his recent knockout of Marcelo Nascimento in Germany.


Joseph Parker's trainer Kevin Barry is fuming that his boxer won't be allowed to wear his preferred gloves for the heavyweight title fight with American brawler Brian Minto.In a bizarre twist to the July 5 south Auckland showdown, Minto has gained a clause in his fight contract barring the controversial Everlast MX gloves that give an advantage to a heavy hitter.Their padding is a blend of horse hair and foam as opposed to the more traditional moulded foam.With Parker's notorious hand speed and increasing power, the gloves are seen as complementing his style. He wore them in his last two knockout victories, over Afa Tatupu to win the New Zealand heavyweight belt and against Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento to win the vacant PABA belt.Yet Parker's promoters have denied their prize fighter one of his assets, giving Minto some added cushion for a bout where plenty of punches are expected to be landed.Barry isn't happy."Apparently, unbeknown to me and without any consultation to me, Minto had a clause written into his contract that we would not be allowed to wear the MX gloves. It has been taken off the table, which annoys me a lot," Barry said from Las Vegas, where Parker has started his preparations."Joseph really likes them. He finds them very comfortable, very flexible, there is good wrist support for him. It's a glove that suits him, it's a glove that I like him to wear.

They are a glove that is designed for optimal power transfer."I talked to Brian Minto about them and he says they are dangerous. They are only dangerous if you are getting hit by them. Obviously Minto plans on being hit by Joe a bit."The gloves caused a storm in the buildup to Floyd Mayweather's successful WBC welterweight title defence against Marcos Maidana recently. The Argentinian fighter wanted to wear a custom-made pair of blue MX gloves to match his country's flag.Mayweather was worried about their construction - claiming there was no padding in the knuckles of those gloves - and threatened not to fight right up to the eve of the Las Vegas bout. Eventually the fight went ahead with Maidana wearing stock MX gloves.Duco boss Dean Lonergan said safety had come into their thinking but so had a bit of give and take as they persuaded Minto to come to New Zealand and put his WBO Oriental belt on the line."From our point of view it's a safety issue. Yes, we are Joe's promoters but we have to look after the safety of both fighters," Lonergan said."And we have to be fair to both fighters. If we want to have people come down here (to fight) and they think it's a one-sided affair and they don't get a fair shake of the stick, we'd never get guys to come and fight Joe."Kevin always wants everything his way whenever he can to get any small advantage. But the reality is that doesn't always happen."Lonergan said there would now be "three or four choices of gloves" that the two camps would have to choose from, although he admitted it was likely to be an ongoing issue in the leadup to the fight.Barry scoffed at the safety concerns around the MX gloves."These gloves are sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If they are approved by the reputedly No 1 commission in the world that runs most of the big fights . . . if there is anything wrong with the glove, there is no way they would approve them," Barry said."This is the home of lawsuits. If there was any functional part of that glove that was dangerous, it would leave everyone very vulnerable.

I can't understand what all the fuss is about."Barry said there was "risk and reward" when using the heavy MX gloves but that was a gamble he was prepared to take with Parker moving forward, despite his young charge being cut in his last two outings."Yes, that's always the way with these gloves. We saw in the last fight when Joe got hit really hard in the ear in the sixth round . . . maybe it wouldn't have happened if we hadn't been wearing puncher's gloves."But that's the gamble you take. You have to believe in your athlete. If I wasn't backing Joe, I'd put him in the glove with the most protection I could find. I'm confident that we will get to Minto before he gets to us."We plan on hitting Minto a lot. But he's going to have a bit more protection now."

​- Sunday Star Times


Paul Lewis: Right time to take on world
You know a sport is doing well when the promoters start bitching at each other. This week, New Zealand Professional Boxing Association boss (and referee and former heavyweight) Lance Revill accused the handlers of rising heavyweight Joseph Parker of being "fools" for pushing him "too hard, too fast".Revill said David Higgins and Dean Lonergan, of Duco Events, were too interested in money and were pushing their fighter into the ring with boxers he was not yet ready for. With all due respect to Revill, for many years a cornerstone of New Zealand boxing and the only Kiwi ever to get in the ring with Muhammad Ali (even in an exhibition fight), that's about as credible as a turkey telling Thanksgiving jokes.Parker has ability Revill never had. Revill's contention that Parker should be cleaning up New Zealand heavyweights before starting on the Australians is redolent of a career that never moved beyond those local boundaries.Being bold and aiming high is no crime, particularly if there is talent to sustain that approach. Parker is a formidable young man, made even more so by his hand speed and growing ringcraft — not to mention a likeable personality and a sensible grip on the important things in life. Those physical, mental and social attributes can a champion make.Duco has transformed New Zealand boxing. It is doubtful the Super 8 3x3-minute round fights on June 4 starring former world champion Hasim Rahman, big American Alonzo Butler and 39-year-old UK journeyman Michael Sprott would have gained any traction without Duco's previous work in the fight game.The same could be said of Inga Tuigamala's appearance on a seven-fight, pay-per-view fight card headed by Robbie Berridge in Auckland on May 22. That would have struggled had Duco not staged the David Tua-Shane Cameron classic back in 2009.Duco has done little wrong with the 22-year-old Parker and is slowly — slowly — raising the ante in terms of the skill of his opponents.


Parker has had just eight fights. Six of them were against, in top boxing terms, complete nobodies, apart from the clearly-over-the-hill Frans Botha.Parker was all set to take on difficult, hard-punching US heavyweight Sherman Williams on the undercard of the latest Wladimir Klitchsko world heavyweight title bout against Australia's Alex Leapai - before Williams pulled out.So he fought, and beat by TKO, tough Brazilian heavyweight Marcelo Luiz Nascimento, no easy rival and a step up from anyone Parker had fought previously.Nascimento has fought credible heavyweights such as Tyson Fury, Jovo Pudar and Solomon Haumono (even if he lost to them all) and wobbled Parker in one round as the young man perhaps forgot to move when required.It was a clever feat to get Parker on to the Klitschko undercard. Global attention does no one any harm in professional sport. But too much, too fast? Nah.If he is going to make the grade, Parker is going to have to fight quality and learn on the way up — not spend his time knocking over tomato cans, as the Yanks say.Revill's criticism comes ahead of Parker's July fight with Brian Minto, the tough, US heavyweight with weighty punches, flailing elbows and a dangerous leader with the head. A man who can cut opponents, which is maybe Parker's one worry. Minto may have effectively ended Shane Cameron's career but what else has he done, really? He is 39 and has a 39 win-7 loss record. Reasonable names he has fought include Tony Tubbs, Chris Arreola, Marco Huck and Michael Sprott. Lost to them all.His best scalp was probably big German Axel Schulz; 36 when Minto beat him in 2006 and well past a prime that saw him fight (and lose to) the likes of Henry Akinwande, Michael Moorer and George Foreman before an ill-judged title fight against Klitschko put him into retirement for seven years before an equally ill-judged comeback, ended by Minto.Minto's value is in his style.


​ Parker has to be a boxer, avoid being butted and show some of the beauty and skill of the sport in using that handspeed and footwork to punch and move, jab and go, hit and run. It's go-to-school time.Don't give me any of this "too young" 22-year-old stuff. If you're good enough, you're old enough. Ali was only 18 when he fought journeyman Tunney Hunsaker in his first professional bout. He was only 22 when he won the world title against Sonny Liston in that weird, suspicious bout. At that stage, he had only had 19 fights and included among them was ageing great Archie Moore and a then 29-year-old Henry Cooper whose famous left hook knocked Ali down and nearly beat him. He went to school, too.Now Klitschko, the undisputed world champion, wants to unite all of boxing's various, ridiculous titles and has been ordered to defend his IBF title against extremely tough Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.He may not be recognised by many but could be more of a test than the champion has endured lately. He is 33, undefeated in 20 fights, dodged by many who don't want to fight him and has beaten reputable heavyweights Tony Thompson, Sprott and Alexander Ustinov — the giant Russian who rather easily ended David Tua's career last year.Parker's timing is good, too, as Klitschko may well be on his way out relatively soon.Klitschko, 38, with 62 wins, 52 KOs and only three defeats in his 65-fight career, said he wanted to unify all the titles after belting Leapai.Canada's Bermane Stiverne and Arreola fight to contest the vacant WBC belt today after which Klitschko could challenge — as he has never held the WBC title (but has the WBA, IBF and WBO titles).The huge Ukrainian is clearly the best in the world — even Pulev may not be a valid threat — and if he does toss in the towel on his career some time soon, the field will be wide open. Maybe even for a young hopeful from New Zealand.Don't scoff. Stranger things have happened in boxing. ​- Herald on Sunday

Boxing News  
Unbeaten Parker to face Minto next 


Fresh from his victory on the undercard of the Klitschko-Leapai world heavyweight championship card in Germany last month, heavyweight Joseph Parker (8-0, 7 KOs) is coming home to face WBO #12 rated Brian Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) on July 5 at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. Minto returns to New Zealand six months after savaging Kiwi favorite Shane Cameron – ending his boxing career. Two belts are up for grabs, the WBO Oriental belt which Minto won off Cameron last year and the interim WBA-PABA belt that Parker won in Germany last month. Also featured on the card is Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (23-1-1, 19 KOs), ranked number 10 in the WBO’s light heavyweight division. He faces TBA.

​Boxing: Revill hits out at fight

promoters Concern Parker being pushed too hard and too fast by company 'only interested in money'.

New Zealand boxing identity Lance Revill has taken a swing at Joseph Parker's promoters, Duco Events, saying the company is more concerned about money than the development of their young heavyweight prospect.Revill, a former professional fighter, has called on Duco's Dean Lonergan to step aside and let someone else look after the interests of 21-year-old Parker, who is in training for a July 5 bout against Brian Minto, the man who effectively ended Shane Cameron's career.However, David Higgins from Duco has hit back, saying the sport in New Zealand has never been healthier since the company began promoting it in 2009 and that the tactic of pitting Parker against more experienced fighters was deliberate, rather than "naive".Revill refereed the Cameron v Minto fight in Auckland last December, in which the "Mountain Warrior" was stopped by his corner from starting the eighth round due to a bad cut over his left eye that was worsened by Minto's use of the head and elbow.He said Parker had the ability to beat the American but the 39-year-old was too experienced an opponent for the south Aucklander, who has fought as a professional only eight times."They're pushing him too fast and too hard," Revill, the president of the NZ Professional Boxers' Association, said. "He hasn't served his apprenticeship, he's still only a boy.

He's not going to come into his own until he's 28, 29, 30. Right now they should be concentrating on guys in his own backyard, guys like Junior Pati or Joey Wilson."He can clean his own backyard up then he can clean Australia's up. There's a lot of tough guys over there like Solomon Haumono."They'll give Joseph Parker all the right ingredients to learn the trade of professional boxing ... but now Lonergan's got him on 10-rounders already. I've never heard anything so f***ing stupid in my life."Higgins replied by saying the credibility of boxing suffered when records were padded out with "bums"."We are well aware our approach is different to what has been done in New Zealand and wider circles," he said. "But we believe the public want to see meaningful and credible fights. You can learn from a loss. Joseph's career won't be over as a result of a loss."Revill said Duco was using Parker to make money."They're fools... because they're going to shoot themselves in the foot."Higgins said fighters such as David Tua, Cameron and Parker had received six-figure pay days under Duco."If Joseph had signed with Lance Revill and done things his way he would probably have made about $10,000 by now."The fighters who come here - guys like Monte Barrett, Brian Minto, Alexander Ustinov - they say they earn better money here than overseas which suggests we are fair and reasonable payers."

- NZ Herald

Parker, Minto call truce on road
GEORGE HEAGNEY


A week-long tour of New Zealand together would be the last thing you would think Joseph Parker and Brian Minto would want to do ahead of getting in the boxing ring together.But the two boxers, who are squaring off in a heavyweight bout in Manukau on July 5, were happy to be travelling the country promoting the fight and are actually friends."It's a business, it's sport," the American Minto said in Palmerston North yesterday. "We've got things to do together; that's it. We've got to be mature about it and act accordingly. We can't be causing a ruckus.It will be a different story once the two step in the ring, though, as Minto looks to improve his record of 39 wins, including 25 knockouts and seven losses."Come July 5 it's going to be business and we'll both be trying to rip each other's head off."On the line is Parker's WBA Interim Pan Asian Boxing Association title and Minto's WBO Oriental belt.The 39-year-old Minto from Pennsylvania in the United States is the man who effectively ended Shane Cameron's career last year.Minto, ranked 12th by the WBO, is heading home to the States after this tour, but has been training since December after he fought Cameron and is in the best shape he has been in years, saying he is leaner and faster.

Taking on a young guy like Parker is a dangerous proposition for Minto, who is nearing the end of his career."I didn't want this fight. I told everybody I knew it was stupid, why would I want to fight a guy, a prospect."I need to fight guys that are ahead of me in the rankings to get a world title fight like [Alex] Leapai did."Minto is known as a brawler, nicknamed "The Beast", but gives away size to Parker, who is faster."You can never expect me not to perform no matter what. I've got a heart like a lion no matter what."He has the years on Parker, too."He's just a baby. He was born when I graduated high school. I know this game and play a lot of mind games."The 22-year-old Parker was in great shape, having worked hard to prepare for his fight against Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in Germany last week.With an unbeaten record after eight fights, including seven knockouts, this is Parker's biggest bout yet."It definitely is," Parker said. "If you look at Minto's record, he's been in the ring with some experienced big names. He's been in the game for a long time and knows all the tricks.

"I saw what he did to Shane Cameron and a lot of people look up to Shane Cameron here in New Zealand."Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry head to Las Vegas after this tour to start preparing and come up with a plan to combat Minto's style.Barry said Parker would have to be smarter and more disciplined to keep the shorter Minto on the outside because "Minto has to close the distance, if he doesn't, he can't hit Joe"."He [Minto] is an aggressive, in-your-face fighter," Barry said. "He wants to take this to a dog fight."It's very important that Joseph is more focused and disciplined than he's ever been. This is by far our biggest fight."Parker opened an old cut above his left eye against Nascimento, but both he and Barry hoped it wouldn't cause any problems in July. "I'm confident there's no way you could open his eye up with a punch," Barry said. "It could open with an elbow or a head clash. That's where discipline comes in."

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​Joseph Parker, Minto exchange fighting talk

LOGAN SAVORY


New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has built up a bit of a tradition with a certain Invercargill restaurant.The 22-year-old - who has an 8-0 professional record - made a brief visit to Invercargill yesterday as part of a promo for his next fight against American Brian Minto in Auckland on July 5.On top of the list of things to do was a visit to The Kiln.His visit comes a couple of weeks after he beat Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento - a fight that was on the undercard to the world heavyweight title fight won by Wladimir Klitschko over Australian Alex Leapai in Germany.Parker said he had a soft spot for Invercargill, which was why he was always keen for the southern city to be added to any promo tours."I always love coming down to Invercargill because I look forward to having my meal at The Kiln. This is the place I always think about oysters because I'm a seafood lover."We get looked after down here," he said.

With Parker in Invercargill yesterday afternoon was his trainer, Kevin Barry, and next opponent Minto as they attempt to drum up television pay-per-view interest in their bout in Auckland.Minto is a 39-year-old with a 39-win seven-loss record. His latest bout was a commanding win over New Zealand's Shane Cameron in December.Parker's promoters, Duco Events, had been hunting a Parker-Cameron showdown but Minto's victory made the American a more appealing opponent for the youngster.In a twist to the Parker-Minto fight, Barry trained Minto for that win over Cameron but will now be back in the Parker camp for this showdown.The young Kiwi heavyweight and the veteran American actually became good mates during that time."He is a nice guy,' Parker said about Minto in an unusual pre-fight statement."We're definitely good mates. We are good mates now but come July 5, once we are in the ring, I'm going to switch, I'm going to try to beat the guy up and get him out of there."Minto reiterated Parker's sentiments that they had become good mates, with July 5 the only exception, he added."We like each other. I said we can be mates; it's not going to be anything personal so it's a respect thing."We were in camp together last time, I'm mature about it," Minto said."It doesn't bother me fighting him, you could see at first he was kind of unsure of it and at that age you are always going to be a bit unsure and have a certain anxiety. I'm hoping that plays out heading into the ring."

Parker and Barry will head to Las Vegas on Sunday to get back in training, while Minto will head back to his home in Pittsburgh before returning to Auckland in early June.Parker said he was far more comfortable with the prospect of heading to Las Vegas for another training camp now compared with when he first left with Barry last year."The first time I went, I had only met Kevin for a week and we both left together. So I missed home and I didn't know the training we were going to do was right and if it was going to help me because I had no idea."But now it's relaxing to go over there because Kevin's family is my family; he's like a second father to me and his kids are like my brothers and sisters."- The Southland Times

Joseph Parker assumes boxer role for next bout

LIAM NAPIER

It's the classic case of brawler meets boxer. For the first time in his undefeated eight-fight pro career, Joseph Parker now needs to assume the latter role.Parker's raw power is obvious. He is yet, though, to show the discipline and focus needed to subdue Brian Minto's experience and in-your-face aggression. His brain must now match his brawn.On July 5 in Manukau, Minto and Parker square off in what shapes as a genuine contrast of styles.Minto, the American ranked 12th by the WBO, is a pressure fighter - at his best brawling on the inside. And, while Parker has seven knockouts, this fight will challenge him mentally more than ever before.''There can be no lapses in concentration like in the sixth round with [Brazilian Marcelo] Nascimento, where Joe drifted away,'' Parker trainer Kevin Barry said.''There can be no going toe-to-toe like he did against King Afa [Tatupu].

That fight strategy will play right into Minto's hands and be disastrous for us.''Brian's looking to provide for himself and his family. Up against an undefeated kid like Joseph Parker, that equates to a lot of money for Brian Minto. That makes him very hungry.''In many ways Parker will attempt to mirror world champion Wladimir Klitschko's exemplarily demolition of Alex Leapai.Against the stocky but diminutive Minto, size will be the South Auckland contender's greatest asset.Parker needs to act like a big man. His fight plan will be simple - jab, move, maintain distance with his height and reach advantage and pick the right moments to unload.''Klitschko put on a really clinical performance,'' Parker noted.''That's pretty much what I have to do - follow the same plan he did. I'll take some of what I saw over in Germany and take that into our fight.''I've got size and weight on Brian. Going into this fight I'm confident I'll win but I've got to do the work. I'll let my fists do the talking.''With both respective fight plans already tabled, this match-up will be decided by execution. Minto backs his experience and takes heart from the fact he's seen Parker rattled by lesser opponents.    ''Mentally can he maintain that,'' he questions Parker's tactics to stay on the outside and counter his relentless pressure for 10 rounds.''I've seen him get over anxious. That's where I need to capitalise.

''I can't box a guy that outsizes me. I think my ability inside is way better than what he's got. I make myself into a ball and I roll my shoulders to get different angles.''The three weeks Barry spent alongside Minto in the lead-up to his TKO win over Shane Cameron should give Parker valuable insights. There were some notably awkward moments yesterday when Barry and Minto reunited. And the tension was palpable when Barry raised the subject of Minto being a dirty fighter.''Brian is a very good fighter but he's also very good at using his head, his elbows and other parts of his body,'' Barry said.''With the recent cut problems we've had I'm really concerned about that.''In closing, Minto fired back by questioning the merits of Parker's swift promotion.''They can't get their head around the fact I beat Cameron,'' he said.''Dean [Lonergan] and David [Higgins] are ignorant to the sport. Like Monty Barrett said, they are dumb and dumber.''You take their decision making and compare it to the big promoters, they are idiotic. They think they've got a gold medal winner and they don't.''

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Boxing: Minto likely to get neutral referee
by Patrick McKendry

Boxer tagged 'dirty fighter' after showdown with Shane Cameron.Brian Minto, the man who effectively ended Shane Cameron's professional career, has asked for a neutral referee for his fight against Joseph Parker in July and his wish is likely to be granted.A jetlagged but amiable Minto arrived for his press conference announcing the fight against New Zealand heavyweight Parker in Auckland yesterday only to be accused of being a "dirty fighter" by promoter Dean Lonergan because of the tactics the American employed in his impressive victory over Kiwi Cameron in December last year.In that fight at Trusts Stadium, New Zealand referee Lance Revill deducted a point in the fifth and sixth rounds for the use of the elbow and head respectively.

Cameron, heavily bleeding above his left eye, did not start the eighth round.Parker's trainer Kevin Barry, who was in Minto's corner for the Cameron bout, also has concerns about the fighter's tendency to use his head and elbows in close contact.However, the American said he never resorted to dirty tactics, suggesting his chances of getting a fair go from a New Zealand referee were diminishing by the second."He's painting the picture that I'm a dirty fighter," Minto said of Lonergan. "Every little thing that looks like an infraction he [the referee] is going to take a point. And this is what I don't like - they're going to keep me from fighting my fight. When I get to the inside I'm always going to use shoulders, and my head, but if they take that away then ..."Look, they're risking everything and they even said it. Deep waters - is Joseph ready for deep waters? We'll soon find out."David Higgins, a colleague of Lonergan's at Duco, later said he was "relaxed" about the refereeing issue."We'll probably look to fly someone in from overseas."Barry's concerns about Minto's style have been heightened by the cuts Parker suffered around his left eye in his last two fights against Afa Tatupu and, most recently, Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in Germany.

"That's definitely not to be taken lightly," Barry said. "It is serious, especially when you've had a cut like Joseph had against King Afa and then opening up a bit in that last fight. We can't afford to have three fights in a row with cuts and yet we're up against a guy who cuts a lot of his opponents by the way he fights. This is Joseph's most important test and he has to follow the programme and stay in control of his distance and if he doesn't then there's every chance he's going to get cut."

- NZ Herald

Joseph Parker's camp cautious of Brian Minto


There is some hesitation that Joseph Parker's camp has made the correct decision putting him in the ring against American journeyman Brian Minto next month.The 39-year-old ended the career of Shane Cameron last year."Experience is a big advantage for me," he said. "I've been in with a lot of better opponents than Joseph Parker throughout the years and I guess July 5 we will see."The Kiwi camp has already seen the destructive power of the man nicknamed "the beast" as his demolition job on Cameron in December was simply brutal.Parker witnessed Minto's ability first hand."I was there on the fight night and saw how hard he hits with clean shots and a little bit of dirtiness here and there, but I think to myself I can handle this kind of stuff."Minto's trainer for that fight was Kevin Barry who is now guiding Parker's career and is understandably worried about the American's street brawling style."Brian is a very good puncher but he's also very good at using his head and elbows and other parts of the body and with the recent cut problems we've had I am really concerned about that," said Barry.The cut Parker suffered in his latest win in Germany last month has healed well, but Barry will be urging him to keep his distance against Minto.


Minto not so sweet on NZ heavyweight Parker

Brian Minto wasn't impressed by Joseph Parker's latest victory but admits the New Zealand heavyweight is forging an unprecedented fast-tracked pathway.In just the ninth fight of his undefeated pro career, Parker is set to confront Minto's smothering in-your-face aggression over 10 rounds in Auckland on July 5.The American's fast and heavy hands battered Shane Cameron into submission last December for a seventh-round stoppage. And, after just one week's rest, he's been training ever since with the knowledge Parker was looming.Parker comes off a seventh-round TKO win over Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in Oberhausen, Germany, where he showed guts to regain composure after taking some punishing blows in the sixth round. On that evidence, Minto believes he possesses the skills to rattle the comparatively inexperienced South Auckland contender and deliver his first defeat. "Joseph didn't look that good in his last fight," Minto told the Sunday Star-Times this week. "The guy he fought could punch but he had no ability or preparation. He was a punching bag and he rocked Joseph with a good shot."He was looking tired in the sixth round. That's when I just start heating up. Anyone in the heavyweight division can punch but it all comes down to experience.

"A late-blooming Pennsylvania blue collar brawler, Minto presents a major drawcard for Parker as he holds the WBO Oriental title and is ranked 12th by that sanctioning body. The quest to rapidly progress Parker's career carries obvious risks, though. The 22-year-old is yet to be tested beyond seven rounds, or fight anyone as prepared, motivated and active as Minto in what should be a genuinely brutal affair.A 13-year veteran of 46 fights (39-7), Minto has never seen a fighter being pushed this quickly."Fighting Joseph Parker is a big risk for anybody," he said."I'm a veteran of the sport. He's a prospect. I'm coming in and putting my ranking on the line to fight an 8-0 guy. That's career suicide."Are they trying to advance him too fast? Time will tell, but this is kind of crazy. Prospects are meant to fight up-and-coming guys. They're putting all their eggs in one basket."There's a big difference to fighting [South African veteran] Francios Botha, who was drinking all they way up to their fight, and me."They're bringing me over expecting a knockout but I'm not coming to lie down and lose. I'm ready right now."Minto's confrontational style will force Parker to use his height and reach advantage.

He'll need to keep the 39-year-old at distance and carefully select times to unleash his favoured overhand right. Once inside, Minto will look to unload and won't let up, though his come-forward approach should offer Parker a regular target.Cameron believed Parker would be better prepared than he was but expressed concern at the significant step up in class."This is certainly a big test for Joseph," he said. "By all means he could win but he's taking on a very experienced, tough campaigner."Minto will be right in Joseph's face from round one. He needs to be a bit smarter and not lose his temper like he did against [Afa] Tatupu when he got that big cut. He won't have to go looking for Brian."Minto had Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, in his corner for the win over Cameron but is attempting to reunite with former multi-division champion Buddy McGirt.After Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan labelled Minto "a dirty bastard" for his use of elbows and head butts, the visitor is also concerned he won't get a fair go from local officials."I would like a neutral referee outside of New Zealand," he requested. "When they're making speculative remarks they'll be looking to disqualify me real quick."

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Video:
Brian Minto full interview


​American boxer Brian Minto will return to New Zealand in July to take on rising Kiwi Joseph Parker in Auckland.Minto is well known in New Zealand for ending Shane Cameron's career late last year.Minto is known as a rough fighter, who's not afraid use all parts of his body to defeat his opponent.The fight is set down for July 5 with a venue in Auckland still to be decided.Watch the video for the full interview with Brian Minto.

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Joseph Parker to fight Brian Minto


Young Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker's will meet dangerous American brawler Brian Minto - the man who finished Shane Cameron's career - in Auckland on July 5.Minto, who has chalked up an impressive 39-7 record while taking on all comers, is ranked 12 by the WBO and stands at 33 in the independent world boxing rankings.The 39-year-old, who has been in with the likes of title contenders Tony Tubbs, Chris Arreola and Axel Shulz, stopped Cameron in a brutal contest in December to claim the WBO Oriental belt."He ended Shane's career, no doubt about it," said Parker's trainer Kevin Barry.Having trained Minto for three weeks heading into the Cameron fight and then manned his corner, Barry had an inside view of Minto's demolition job on Cameron."This is a fight we don't have to sell," Barry said. "The New Zealand public saw Minto demolish Shane Cameron.

​He didn't get lucky. He was ahead on every card and won every round."Parker will defend his WBA Interim Pan Asian Boxing Association title while Minto's WBO Oriental Title will also be up for grabs.The small cut Parker suffered near his left eyebrow in his TKO victory over Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento on Sunday was a non-issue, Barry said.The wound required just one stitch, and that was purely precautionary."It's not going to be a factor," Barry said.Minto's uncompromising approach would provide another huge challenge for the 8-0 (7 Kos) Parker, Barry said."He's not called the Beast because he fights clean. He loves a dog fight. He's all elbows, heads and low blows. We know how dangerous he is. But we've always said every fight for Joseph will be a step up. He got more out of his last fight that any other in his career and this is an even bigger step up."The 22-year South Aucklander passed his first test on the global stage. Despite being rocked with a solid shot by Nascimento in the sixth round, Parker remained composed and stormed back to finish the fight in impressive fashion in the next round.He will need to show that sort of resilience again against the dangerous Minto on July 5."Minto only knows one way and that is forward," Barry said. "Unlike Nascimento, who backed off all night, he's going to come straight at us. Joseph will have to use his height and his reach to keep him at bay. He's going to have no choice but to throw a lot of punches."This will be the fight of the year, there's no doubt about that."Parker confirmed he'll be ready for the challenge."Every fight is a dangerous fight," he said. "Minto has kept active and kept himself in great shape. It's a fight we are looking forward to. We always love a challenge."The fight will be held in Auckland at a venue yet to be confirmed.

Boxing: Parker's next opponent named

By Daniel Richardson, in Oberhausen


Joseph Parker's next opponent in the boxing ring is the man who essentially ended Shane Cameron's career.VideoBruising American Brian Minto will meet Parker in Auckland on July 5 at a yet-to-be-determined venue.Minto, ranked 12th in the world by the WBO, beat Cameron by TKO in December when the Kiwi was unable to continue after the seventh round due to cuts above his eyes.Cameron, who was targeted by Parker's handlers Duco as a potential opponent for this year, hasn't fought since he lost to Minto and seems unlikely to don the gloves again."Brian Minto is a great challenge for Joseph Parker," Parker's trainer Kevin Barry said."I think we all saw last year in the Shane Cameron fight just what Minto brings to the table. We said we planned on challenging Joseph in each of his fights and this is a real big challenge. Minto is a very durable, very experienced guy.

"Barry trained Minto for his fight with Cameron but Minto will now need a new coach.Minto's WBO Oriental heavyweight title will be on the line, while Parker's interim WBA PABA crown, which he won after he beat Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in Germany at the weekend, will also be up for grabs.VideoIf Parker was to claim another international title it would continue to boost his stock and he is expected to be ranked 15th with the WBA following his TKO victory over Nascimento.Minto, 39, is a rough fighter, known for leading with the head and not being opposed to using elbows.South Aucklander Parker, 22, has been cut in his past two fights, although in widely differing circumstances, so his durability will also be thoroughly examined.Minto (39-7) has similar dimensions to 1.80m veteran Sherman Williams who was meant to fight Parker in Germany on the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko's successful world heavyweight title defence against Alex Leapai, but withdrew at late notice.Parker, who suffered a perforated ear drum during the bout with Nascimento, was due to return to New Zealand overnight (NZT) after he was cleared of serious injury by a doctor in Oberhausen and given antibiotics for his ear. He will spend two weeks with his family before heading back to Las Vegas for a training camp.Given Parker's aggressive handlers, who want to push the young heavyweight, people will again question the thinking of putting the 8-0 prospect in the ring with such a tricky opponent.Duco's Dean Lonergan made no apologies for seeking out another tough fight for their prized asset."We are copping some criticisms for pushing Joe too fast but we've said [from] the start, we're not going to line up patsies. We want to test him every time and learn from the mistakes."• Daniel Richardson travelled to Germany courtesy of Duco Events Ltd.

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Parker lines up shot at Brian Minto in Auckland

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE

​ Joseph Parker's next opponent is Brian Minto, the veteran American who ended the career of fellow Kiwi heavyweight Shane Cameron.The fight will be in Auckland on July 5, the next of three fights that Parker's promoters Duco Events have planned for the 22-year-old this year. Duco Events moved quickly to announce the Minto bout, a day after Parker worked hard for a seventh-round TKO of Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in Oberhausen, Germany.Originally, it wanted to match Parker against Cameron but that all changed last December when Minto stunned Cameron with a seventh-round knockout to win the vacant WBO Oriental title in Auckland.Minto will put that belt on the line and Parker will put up the WBA Pan-Asia belt he won on Sunday.

It's a fight that has the potential to keep Parker climbing the rankings. He is 15th on the WBA list now and Minto is 12th with the WBO.But the fight comes with risks, given Minto's uncompromising in-your-face style style approach that is based around a front-foot approach and questionable use of the head and elbows.Parker's handlers acknowledge the risks but argue Minto's style presents him as a constant target for their hard-hitting fighter.''Brian Minto is a great challenge for Joseph Parker, he's a 13-year pro. I think we all saw last year in the Shane Cameron fight just what Minto brings to the table,'' Parker's trainer Kevin Barry who, ironically, was Minto's cornerman against Cameron but will stay faithful to Parker for this important date.''Last year we really wanted Cameron for Joseph and, when Minto took that dream away, I said to [promoter] Dean Lonergan, 'we've kind of stuffed this up for ourselves now, we need to do the next best thing and we need to get Minto for Joe'.''Lonergan labelled Minto ''a dirty bastard'' and claimed Minto was one of the dirtiest fighters he had seen. 

''I've got no doubts he's going to come with head butts and elbows in the fight.''He caught Shane flush with the best shot of the night with an elbow."He's  a dirty bastard. He'll claim innocence but he is,'' Lonergan said.Barry was more polite, though aware of the risks that came with the 39-year-old who has 39 wins (25 KOs) from 46 fights.''They don't call him The Beast for nothing. He fights like a beast and he's going to be in Joseph's face and Joe's going to have to beat him down. It's a fight that we are going to have to be in really good shape for. It's a fight we are not going to be able to have problems with cuts in. It's a fight where I definitely don't want Brian Minto getting close to Joseph Parker. We'll have to use Joe's height and reach advantage."Parker welcomed the challenge.''We have a lot of practice and sparring with guys back in Vegas who actually come forward and put the pressure on and Minto does put the pressure on,'' Parker said, adding he didn't fear any dirty questionable tactics.''We'll have to talk to the ref and stuff before the fight and make sure he doesn't use his elbows and his head.''Parker said that, after waiting six months for his last fight, he was eager to pick up the pace and get active in the ring.''Now that we've shook off the ring rust, going in to this fight we'll have a bit more confidence that we are keeping me active, we've just got to keep training hard once we get back to camp.''I want to keep busy and keeping busy is good. I did well in sparring but nothing compares to a fight.''He wasn't concerned at the growing talk that his promoters were pushing him too hard, too quickly.''It's a team decision -  we always sit down and talk about the fights that we have. I don't think they're pushing me too fast. We are taking the right steps.''Lonergan defended his approach: ''We said right at the start  'we're not going to line up patsies'.

We want to test Joe every time and learn from the mistakes. We want him to be in line for the world title at the end of next year. Yes, we have Joe on a fast track but we think he can handle it.''Parker confirmed he had burst his left ear drum when caught flush by a right hook in Germany. But he had been cleared to fly.He would return to Auckland for two weeks with his family and would then head to Las Vegas to begin preparations to fight Minto.*Duncan Johnstone travelled to Germany courtesy of Duco Events.

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