Joseph Parker

Weightclass: Heavyweight

  • 24wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 18kos

AGE:
26
Birthplace:
South Auckland, New Zealand
Height:
6'4"
reach:
78"
Managers:
Dempsey Parker(father), Sala Parker(Mother)
Trainers:
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

  • 2017

    2ND WBO H WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 9-23-17 in Manchester, ENG, he won a 12 round majority decision against previously undefeated hometown favorite Hughie Fury (20-0): the bout headlined at Manchester Arena; 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 4th round; scored 118-110, 118-110, 114-114…

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  • 2016

    WON VACANT WBO H WORLD TITLE – on 12-10-16 in Auckland, NZ, he won a 12 round majority decision against previously undefeated Andy Ruiz (29-0): the bout headlined at Vector Arena and drew a capacity crowd of around 10,000; it was a good fight, and very close – Ruiz constantly pressed forward and landed the harder punches, but Joseph boxed and moved well and scored repeatedly with his jab and right hands; both had rallies in the middle and late rounds, and the momentum shifted back and forth; it looked like the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 115-113, 115-113, 114-114…

    10TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-1-16 in Manukau City he won by knockout (3rd round) against 6’7” tall former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the Vodafone Events Centre, and Joseph quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, then scored two more knockdowns with right hands in the 2nd; Joseph scored another knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 3rd round – he landed another right hand to the body while Dimitrenko was on one knee, but the referee ruled that it was an accidental foul, and Dimentrenko was counted out at 1:38…

     

    9TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE, 2ND OPBF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 7-21-16 in Christchurch, NZ, he won by TKO (4th round) against former Australian heavyweight champion Solomon Haumono (24-2-2): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Horncastle Arena, and Joseph dominated the fight; he outworked Haumono and landed the harder punches, then scored a knockdown with a right uppercut in the 4th round – Haumono got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:35…

    On 5-21-16 in Manukau City he won a 12 round unanimous decision against Carlos Takam (33-2-1): the bout headlined at the Vodafone Events Centre, and it was a good, close fight; Joseph pressed forward, outworked Takam, and built an early lead, but Takam rallied in the 5th round and rocked Joseph with a series of punches; the momentum shifted back in the middle rounds – both had rallies and there were several good exchanges – but Takam tired in the late rounds; Joseph finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 115-113…

    8TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 1-23-16 in Apia, SAM, he won by TKO (8th round) against left-handed Jason Bergman (25-11-2): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at Faleata Sports Complex; Joseph scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round and consistently landed the harder punches in the following rounds; Joseph scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 7th; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 8th round – Bergman got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:02…

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  • 2015

    7TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 12-5-15 in Hamilton, NZ, he won by TKO (1st round, 1:57) against Daniel Martz (14-2-1)…

    6TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE, 1ST OPBF H TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-15-15 in Auckland, NZ, he won by TKO (3rd round, 1:00) against Kali Meehan (42-5)…

    5TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT OPBF H TITLE – on 8-1-15 in Invercargill, NZ, he won by knockout (1st round, 1:03) against Bowie Tupoa (25-3)…

    4TH WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-13-15 in Palmerston North, NZ, he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:45) against 38 year-old Yakup Saglam (34-3)…

    3RD WBO ORIENTAL H TITLE DEFENSE – on 3-5-15 in Manukau City he won by knockout (4th round, 0:48) against 34 year-old Jason Pettaway (17-1)…

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