13 Jun 2013

Joseph Parker gives up weight advantage to Botha

9:32 am on 13 June 2013

The New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is below his ideal weight ahead of tonight's fight against the South African veteran Francois Botha.

Parker weighed in at 102.9 kilogrammes, almost 14 kilos lighter than his opponent, who weighed in at 116.5.

The 21-year-old says he hoped to be a few kilos heavier, but believes he still has the power to knock-out the 44-year-old Botha.

Botha was as colourful as ever at the weigh-in and says he is going to come out more aggresively than he did in his controversial loss to Sonny Bill Williams in February.