Joseph Parker

Weightclass: Heavyweight

  • 24wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 18kos

South Auckland, New Zealand
Dempsey Parker(father), Sala Parker(Mother)
Kevin Barry

fighter feed

Lupesoliai La'auli Joseph Parker

At the age of 26, Joseph – introduced with his honorary Samoan chief name as Lupesoliai La’auli (pr. loo-pay-so-lee-EYE – la-ah-UH-lee) Joseph Parker – is a five-year pro. The WBO heavyweight world champion, he won the title in December, 2016, and has made two successful title defenses. He is the first New Zealand native to win a heavyweight world title.

Joseph was an accomplished amateur before his debut, and represented his homeland in several international competitions.

In his last fight on September 23 in Manchester, England, he defended the WBO title for the second time and won a 12-round majority decision against previously undefeated hometown favorite Hughie Fury.

The bout headlined at Manchester Arena and Fury, the cousin of former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, was very defensive. He moved constantly, threw very few punches, and made a slow-paced fight.

Joseph pressed forward, consistently out-worked him, and landed the harder punches. Fury was cut over his left eye by a clash of heads in the fourth round. The judges scored 118-110, 118-110, 114-114.

In his post-fight interview, Joseph said, “I felt the aggression was good on my side. He was really awkward and his movement was good, but I caught him with the harder punches, I felt.”

Joseph is trained by Las Vegas-based Kevin Barry, also a native of New Zealand and former amateur boxer who won the light heavyweight silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In the semifinal-round fight against Evander Holyfield, Holyfield knocked out Barry with a left hook thrown after the referee had called for a break and was disqualified for the foul. Barry was not allowed to box in the finals under the Olympics’ medical rules, but took the silver medal.

Kevin said, “I started working with Joe for his fourth pro fight in May, 2013. Since we teamed up in March 2013, Joseph probably spends nine months of the year living with me in my house in Las Vegas. He is every bit like a son to me. My wife is like his surrogate mother. I’ve got twin boys and one of them is here at home, he works the corner with me. Him and Joe are like brothers. We have a very special relationship.

“We were once in camp Wladimir Klitschko for three weeks. We did two training camps with Bermane Stiverne before he won the title.

“Joe’s a real gentleman. He’s a lovely guy that’s very humble, very respectful. Everyone that meets him, likes him. That’s the sort of guy he is. That’s why we were able to turn him into such a superstar in New Zealand. It’s a small country, just under five million people. Joe is, at the moment – outside the prime minister – the most recognizable figure in New Zealand. Everyone is behind him.

“I had a gym with two rings and a cage. I closed that gym when I had my reconstructive shoulder surgery and my ankle replacement. I went from 10,000 square feet to about 500 feet – now I have a small private facility where I’ve been training Joe.”

Joseph said, “Most of my time, I’m living in Las Vegas for training and I only go home briefly for fights. After the fight, I sort of stay there for a week, sometimes two weeks, but most of the time I’m in Vegas.

“I train at Kevin’s gym. It’s where we’ve been working ever since we teamed up together. It’s been great for us because it’s nice and private. We can focus on what we have to do, we know we’ve put in the work. We’re pretty happy with the space that we have.”

fight history

  • 2012

    On 12-15-12 in Auckland he won by TKO (3rd round, 0:59) against Richard Tutaki (20-22-1)…

    On 11-9-12 in Auckland he won by knockout (2nd round, 1:49) against Terry Tuteru (0-9-1)…

    He debuted at the age of 20on 7-5-12 in Auckland and won by TKO (2nd round, 1:49) against Dean Garmonsway (2-1)…

  • 2013

    WON NEW ZEALAND H TITLE – on 10-10-13 in Auckland he won by TKO (2nd round) against defending champion Afa Tatupu (9-4); Joseph was cut badly over his left eye in the 1st round…

    On 6-13-13 in Auckland he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:32) against Frans Botha (48-9-3)…

    On 5-16-13 in Irvine, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Brice Ritani Coe (3-1-1): scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…

    On 2-28-13 in Christchurch he won by TKO (1st round, 1:32) against Dontay Pati (0-1)…

  • 2014

    2ND WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 12-6-14 in Hamilton he won by knockout (4th round, 0:31) against 34 year-old Irineu Beato Costa Junior (15-1)…

    1ST WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-16-14 in Auckland he won a 10 round unanimous decision against 42 year-old Sherman Williams (36-13-2): scored 100-90, 100-90, 97-94…

    On 8-9-14 in Bethlehem, PA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Keith Thompson (7-2): the scheduled 6-rounder; Joseph scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:41…

    WON WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE – on 7-5-14 in Manukau City he won by TKO (7th round, 3:00) against defending champion Brian Minto (39-7): Joseph scored a knockdown in the 5th round; he scored another knockdown in the 7th, and Minto did not continue after the round; after seven rounds, Joseph led by shutout scores of 70-61 on all three scorecards…

    On 4-26-14 in Oberhausen, GER, he won by TKO (7th round, 2:21) against Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (17-5): Joseph’s left eardrum was broken in the 6th round…