Parker vs. Cojanu Preview

By Robert Ecksel on May 6, 2017
Parker vs. Cojanu Preview
Twenty-five-year-old Parker wants the other titleholders to know he exists. (Sky Sports)

The fight will be Parker’s first defense of the title he won five months ago by outpointing formerly undefeated Andy Ruiz…

Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Centre in Aukland, New Zealand, WBO World heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (22-0, 18 KOs), from Las Vegas, Nevada, by way of Aukland, New Zealand, defends his title against Razvan Cojanu (16-2, 9 KOs), from Burbank, California, by way of Voinesti, Romania.

“This is probably our last fight in New Zealand for a long time,” said Parker, “so we want to say goodbye.”

The fight will be Parker’s first defense of the title he won five months ago by outpointing formerly undefeated Andy Ruiz.

With so many titleholders to choose from, Parker is something of an outlier. Not only is he little-known, he is also, at 6-foot-4-inches, a relatively small man compared to the behemoths. But Parker, whatever disadvantages hobble him in terms of size, boxes beautifully, and the men he has beaten aren’t half bad.

The same cannot be said of the competition his opponent has faced. Cojanu’s last six opponents, dating back to October 2014, have a combined record of 42-31-3, and Zhiyu Wu, Cristian Martinez, Grover Young, Donovan Dennis, Ed Fountain and Darius Shorter are not household names, which is something they have in common with the champ.

“A lot of people underestimate Raz because they haven’t seen his fights,” said Parker, according to stuff.co.nz. “I’ve been training so hard for this fight and even though he knows my style, I’ll change it up a bit for him.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to change what we were working on but with the team that I have, we trust that we can come up with a different game plan and that I can go into this fight and execute it to the best of my ability.”

Twenty-five-year-old Parker wants the other titleholders to know he exists, and his existence, like theirs, in defined by the sweet science.

“The way I see it, I don’t even have this title. I’m still hungry.”

Boxing in some ways is the ultimate hunger game.

“I would like to prove to everyone I am the best and belong at the top,” Parker told Sky Sports. “There is a goal to show everybody why I am the best heavyweight out there, but I have to focus on what’s in front of me.”

Depending on whether or not Joshua and Klitschko fight a second time, Parker and his belt are an attractive proposition for a titleholder looking to add another trinket to his collection.

Joshua, who has nothing to prove, has his eye on New Zealand’s first world champion.

Deontay Wilder, who still has something to prove, may find Parker a man worth meeting in the ring.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 05:42am, 05/06/2017

    He’s no David Tua.

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