22 Apr 2014

Sport: Joseph Parker forced to adapt to late change

12:35 pm on 22 April 2014

The New Zealand-Samoan boxer Joseph Parker has been forced to change tack yet again following the late withdrawal of his opponent Sherman 'The Tank' Williams.

The pair were scheduled to go toe to toe on Monday on the undercard of the world championship title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Samoan born Alex Leapai.

Having already adjusted his approach following the unavailability of undefeated Ukranian prospect Andriy Rudenko, Parker now faces more disruption after the Williams' withdrawal due to a contractual issue.

Parker will now take on the six-foot-five-inch tall Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento and admits the late change is a shock.

"Just got to learn to adapt. My coach is pretty concerned because we've been training to fight someone who is shorter and now we see that this opponent is taller but these things happen in boxing and all I've been focusing on is the fight date, which is 27th of April and I've been preparing myself as best I can so now I'm ready for anyone they put me in the ring with".