What Parker Would Have Changed Preparing For Joshua

If Joseph Parker could turn back time, he would have done a few things differently in the lead-up to his title unification bout with Anthony Joshua.

The former WBO heavyweight world champion discussed the fight this week on the inaugural episode of The Boxing Files, a locally made podcast hosted by Stuff journalist Logan Savory aiming to provide more coverage of the New Zealand boxing scene.

Parker's clash with the British giant was arguably the biggest New Zealand sporting event of 2018. The pairs twelve-round bout, fought in front of a live audience of 78,000, went the distance, with Joshua earning himself a unanimous decision over the Kiwi.

In the interview, Parker spoke of the fact that he felt he would have benefited if he had come into camp in better physical shape.

"I should have went into camp at a better weight. I was out in New Zealand having a great time relaxed," Parker said when speaking to Savory.

'I'd had elbow surgery, so I wasn't taking training to seriously. I went into camp at 123kgs, cutting down to 107kgs, so the body is going through this big stress.

"I should have went into camp at a better weight and started off healthier and a lot more in shape, whereas I went into camp to lose weight and get in shape. I should have been using it as a way to work on technique and skills and to get better."

Parker said he has learned from his mistakes and backs himself to even up the ledger with not only Joshua but also Dillian Whyte if they ever rematched.

"I want to fight Anthony Joshua, I want to fight Dillian Whyte, and I believe if I do fight them again and I do everything right and in actually go into camp at a better weight and use what I've learned from those first two fights I can do a lot better and I can beat them."

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has put those plans on ice, and the online chatter is that Lucas Browne is next in line to face "JP". The Australian took to social media yesterday to say that he is in negotiations with Parker's management for a possible matchup.

It may not be the fight fans are demanding to see, but if the fight can be made, it would, at the very least, keep Parker active while he waits for the green light to be able to compete overseas.

Written by Michael Clifton