Joseph Parker cancelled Christmas, New 12 months’s and his birthday in pursuit of a spectacular efficiency in opposition to Jack Massey in Manchester.
It is just 4 months for the reason that former WBO heavyweight champion was stopped Joe Joyce within the eleventh spherical of their heavyweight conflict on the Manchester Enviornment.
And Parker returns to the identical venue this weekend in a curious combat in opposition to Massey, a former British title challenger at cruiserweight, who has made the transfer up in weight.
Unsurprisingly, Parker is an awesome favourite in opposition to the 20-1(11) Brit however the New Zealander’s coach Andy Lee insists no stone has been left unturned in his preparation.
Lee mentioned: “He’s missed Christmas, new 12 months’s and he additionally turned 31 years outdated on January 10. All of these have been spent in coaching camp making ready.
“There was no must elevate the spirits after the Joyce defeat, he’s as motivated as I’ve ever seen him.
“He was owed a combat earlier than the tip of final 12 months in order that they’ve received him out shortly in 2023. We have been supplied just a few fights, a few of them didn’t make a lot sense to us due to the chance/reward issue however we determined to go together with Jack Massey.
“Joseph is a favourite however we’re conscious of the hazards and will probably be taking nothing as a right. He has to look spectacular on this combat.
“We have now made certain the whole lot on this camp is ideal. And I don’t simply imply within the fitness center however exterior it as effectively. It has been prepare, go residence, eat sleep, rise up, prepare once more.
“I don’t wish to take something away from Joe Joyce’s victory however Joseph wasn’t effectively within the lead as much as that combat and that was as a result of he had been out and about, interacting with folks. Simply issues like cinema, haircuts, grocery buying, all of that.”
The defeat to Joyce has left Parker now very a lot on the surface trying in on the key gamers at heavyweight, with Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in talks a couple of unification whereas the likes of Joyce and Anthony Joshua are additionally hoping to be busy this 12 months.
However Lee insists Parker will probably be effectively set to construct in the direction of one other world title shot if he will get the job completed in opposition to Massey.
“Joseph needs to be busy this 12 months,” Lee added.
“He needs to look incredible in opposition to Massey, get folks speaking about him once more and get again in that image. There are a great deal of fights for him – Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua and likewise Michael Hunter who has had just a few issues to say about him.
“So it’s about getting the job completed in model on Saturday after which shifting onwards and upwards.”