Parker Underwent Elbow Surgery Following Fury Fight
After lingering issues for almost three years, WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker underwent elbow surgery this past November.
In a conversation with SKY Sports, Parker’s promoter David Higgins confirmed that the WBO champion had his most recent surgery two months following his controversial victory over Hughie Fury, and while Higgins was negotiating the March 31st showdown with Anthony Joshua.
“We’re pretty transparent, we’ve got nothing to hide, especially given it was so damn successful,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“We were negotiating while Joseph was having surgery, but now seems like an opportune time to end speculation and front foot the issue.”
Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry admitted that the WBO champ’s elbow issues was something he had to manage heading into past fights, but has not experienced any issues heading into Cardiff.
“I think it was a very important decision for us to make. We’ve had a lot of pain in the last two years, and I believe it has really impinged his performances,” said Barry.
“We have been managing pain in nearly every single training camp, and for us now to go into a camp for the biggest fight of Joe’s career, and have no pain at all, it was a very good move for us getting the surgery.”
Eddie Hearn, who promotes Anthony Joshua admitted he heard about Parker’s surgery and is impressed with how the New Zealand champion is looking heading into the fight.
“Parker looks much, much lighter,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “There are rumours that Parker has been injured for the past two or three fights, but now is injury-free and looks unbelievable in training.”
Original Story: SKY Sports