Parker Expects Ruiz To Pressure AJ In Rematch
To get another shot at a world title, former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will need to look in rare form on Saturday, June 29th.
On that night, Parker takes on Alex Leapai in the co-feature bout of a card from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, looking to build a winning streak after two losses in 2018.
With a controversial win over current unified world heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz Jr, Parker is looking at Leapai as the road to prove that not only did he beat Ruiz in their first meeting, but can do it again.
“The only way to settle the score is to fight again,” said Parker. “I will fight any top fighter but I want to fight for World titles again, I know where I am and that I need to climb to the top again.
“Andy’s got a great chin and so do I. We’re different fighters from 2016, he’s improved dramatically and we saw that in the performance, and I am a lot better than I was when we first fought back then.”
“Everyone was leaning towards AJ getting an easy victory but we knew what Andy presented and what he brought to the fight, so it wasn’t a surprise to us, but we didn’t know he was going to stop him like that so it was a surprise in that sense, but we knew he had the ability to put in a great performance like that so congratulations to him and his team,” Parker said of the June 1st upset inside Madison Square Garden. “I don’t know how the rematch is going to go which is why it’s so exciting and people will look forward to it because we don’t know how it will unfold. We’re not sure if AJ is going to come back and look better, box from the outside, or if Andy is going to come and put on more pressure and throw more punches, so I am excited to see it again.
“Andy has got the blueprint to beat him. I wouldn’t say exposed him, but you put pressure on, throw punches and combinations and you do your best to land, that’s what Andy did. I am a different fighter to Andy, he takes a punch to give a punch whereas I try my best to avoid punches, but he showed that it works and he took some to land a lot more.”