The trainer of Joseph Parker believes Saturday night’s WBO World Title clash against Andy Ruiz has the makings of a fantastic fight.
Speaking at a press conference this week, Kevin Barry talked up the contest at the Vector Arena in Auckland, where one man will lose his undefeated record, live on BoxNation.
“On paper this fight is a very even match-up. This is two young guys who like to come forward and who have very fast hands. Both guys are going to get hit with a lot of punches, this is Heavyweight boxing!”
The Heavyweight division is regarded as one of the most glamorous in the sport, but in 2016 there has been a lack of competitive bouts where the best fight the best.
“That’s why when this fight was made, the people I spoke to said this is a great fight,” added Barry. “I’ve always thought that this is the best Heavyweight match-up of the year!”
Parker was the mandatory challenger for Anthony Joshua’s IBF Title, but the Kiwi now has the chance to become the first ever New Zealand-born Heavyweight World Champion, in front of his home fans.
This is a key factor according to Barry: “Fighting here at home is huge for us. We know that when we get to the Vector Arena on Saturday, when Joe walks out and the crowd are screaming - we’re going to use that crowd to uplift Joe.
“There are going to be a lot of times in this fight where it’ll be really tough, he’s going to have to go to a dark place a couple of times. We’ll be looking to the crowd to help,” he said.
Watch the full press conference below:
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