Ahead of their WBO World Heavyweight Title contest in Auckland, Joseph Parker and Andy Ruiz came face to face for the first time since the fight announcement.
Speaking to Seven Sharp on New Zealand television, the pair discussed Saturday’s fight at the Vector Arena, and Parker was in confident mood.
“This is my home town. I’m ready for this,” said the 24-year-old. “He’s coming to my back yard so I’ve got to go out there and protect myself, my country and my family.
“We’re both prepared for 12 rounds. I can’t call it because we’re both fighters with a lot of speed and power. He’s a good mover, I’m a good mover so you can’t put a round on it.”
The Kiwi also spoke about the sparring session he had with the Mexican-American back in 2014, where Ruiz hit his jaw so hard he couldn’t eat properly for three days.
“It was the first time I was in Vegas, and Kevin [Barry, his trainer] was trying to look for work for me. I was still fresh on the scene. Andy had a lot more experience than I did,” said Parker.
“I went there and sparred, and sort of underestimated Andy because of his size. When I got in there he chased me around the ring and hit me pretty hard - so I have to get him back for that!”
Watch the full interview below: