4 Jul 2017

Parker keen to prove doubters wrong

4:41 pm on 4 July 2017

New Zealand heavyweight champion Joseph Parker is looking to assert himself when he takes on Hughie Fury in Manchester in September.

Joseph Parker

Joseph Parker Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Parker left the country today as he begins preparation to fight against his undefeated heavyweight opponent.

The two were set to clash in Auckland on May 6th before Fury pulled out citing a back injury.

Now fighting away from home, Parker said he's keen to prove his doubters wrong.

"I know there's a lot of doubters out there but I'll use my fists and let my fists do the talking.

"I think I have to go there and knock him (Fury) out to make a statement so that's what I'm going to do," Parker said.

Parker's promoter David Higgins believes the 25-year-old is more than ready to fight away from home.

Higgins said they would have preferred the fight take place in New Zealand as originally planned, but has plenty of confidence in Parker to defeat Fury in the UK.

"I would have preferred if the fight happened as planned.

"We have to fight him. We've made a good deal, we're going to fight him, I back Joseph to win.

"Joe's very mentally tough," Higgins said.