Joseph Parker Returns To New Zealand On Dec. 15
Looking to avoid a third straight loss, Joseph Parker returns to the ring on December 15th and facing off against heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores.
Parker fights in New Zealand for the first time in over a year and looks to bounce back from losses to Anthony Joshua this past March, and a loss to Dillian Whyte this past summer.
While Flores is viewed as the underdog, he would claim that “there is no way this fight goes 10 rounds,” in a press release sent on Thursday.
Flores is not the only one who claims that he has a chance, as Parker’s promoter David Higgins is extremely nervous about the prospect of Flores.
“With Joseph coming off two straight defeats – however unlucky – a third defeat would be catastrophic for his career,” Higgins said. “Alexander’s undoubted punching power makes this an extremely dangerous assignment for Joseph – so it is fair to say I am the most nervous I have ever been before a fight.”
Parker has started to train for the hard hitting American, beginning two weeks ago in Las Vegas, and while he respects Flores, the former world champion is confident in his ability to win.
“I’m really glad that Alex is coming to New Zealand full of confidence,” Parker said. “For me boxing is all about the challenge – and this is another big one. I know what is at stake, I need to win and win well. I need to knock him out and I will knock him out. But I can’t focus on that. I need to focus on getting better each and every time I get in the ring.”
Kevin Barry, Parker’s trainer is also nervous and excited following the confirmation of Flores as his fighter’s opponent.
“After a five-year undefeated run that took Joe all the way to the WBO World Title, we now find ourselves in very unusual territory, coming off back-to-back loses. Joe has never been in this position before and needs a top performance. Joe finds himself under huge pressure to not only to win this fight, but to win big and get his career back on track
“We’ve known for some time it was likely to be Flores and it is great to have that confirmed,” Barry said. “These guys are the same height and they both pack a serious punch, so it stacks up as a great contest. That’s great for boxing fans – and Canterbury boxing fans in particular.
“This is a dangerous fight. A fight where Joseph Parker is fighting for his career.”