Joseph Parker insists we’ll see a different version of him against Joe Joyce than the man who lost to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
In 2016, Parker became world champion by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr by majority decision. He went on to defend the belt twice before daring to go big when he faced Joshua in a world heavyweight title unification bout.
On this occasion he came up short and that loss was quickly followed by a loss to another Brit at Whyte which somewhat derailed Parker’s career trajectory.
The New Zealander spent the next few years fighting lesser-known opponents and putting in lackluster performances, before taking matters into his own hands.
Parker has decided to move to the UK to train with former world middleweight champion Andy Lee and he also has WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in his camp.
It sparked new energy in Parker’s career and he has looked much improved in his last two wins over Derek Chisora.
“The fighter I was in my past is a different fighter than I am now,” Parker told talkSPORT.
“There was a period in my boxing career where I fought and I loved it and loved it, but then I lost the passion, I lost the love for it and the passion for sports.
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“But with this new coaching change with Andy, being based in the UK and having Tyson around and him being very generous and helpful to my career, I feel revived.”
However, it wasn’t all easy as Parker had to leave a lot of comforts behind, including his family, but it will be worth it if he beats Joyce on Saturday night.
“The hardest thing to do was to leave my old trainer, Kevin Barry, but now that I’ve teamed up with Andy, I feel like I’m starting to box again,” Parker said.
“It’s a hard thing to leave my wife and kids, but there’s a reason I’m doing this and I’m going to make it worth it, being away from them.
“I worked hard, trained hard and enjoyed every part of camp and now it’s time to shine.”
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