“Samoan Andy Ruiz” Alex Leapai To Face Parker In June
Former world heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s return to the ring has been set, as he will look to rebuild a winning streak.
Parker, who fell twice in 2018 to then unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC silver heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte, will be featured against Alex Leapai on June 29th on the Demetrius Andrade-Maciej Sulecki card from Providence, Rhode Island.
“Over the past six years of being a professional this is the first time that I’ve come into camp at a good weight,” said Parker. “I’m enjoying camp more as a result I think, because we’re working more on skills and technique rather than focusing on losing weight. I feel faster, I feel everything is clicking, less injuries and everything is on track.
“I would love to avenge the losses that I have had against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. I’ll fight them tomorrow. But Dillian is trying to fight for the WBC title so respect to him for that, but if the opportunity came along I would love that fight again.”
“I am the Samoan Andy Ruiz – the guy everyone writes off,” said Leapai in a press release sent on Monday. “This will be the second massive upset this year because Parker is getting sparked. Then I’m going to take Andy’s Snickers off him!”
“This is going to be an exciting fight between two big punchers with plenty of pride on the line,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “For Joe, it’s about looking good and making a statement to the division that he is ready to try and reclaim his World title. For Alex, it’s a shot to nothing to put himself right back in the mix – he’s talking a great game but we expect a show stopping performance from Joseph Parker in Providence on June 29.