Joseph Parker's Coach: We Plan on Training at David Haye's Gym

By Ryan Burton

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (23-0) is currently training in Las Vegas for his second defense of the title he won last December against Andy Ruiz. Parker won a majority decision over Ruiz and followed up with an unanimous decision victory over late replacement Razvan Cojanu in May.

While Parker has kept a very busy pace, Fury will only have only fought once in the past 17 months when they square off on September 23rd.  That bout was only a six round exhibition bout on the Bradley Skeete-Dale Evans undercard on July 8th.

Kevin Barry, Parker's trainer, feels that the activity level of his fighter will be an advantage when they step in the ring.


"Obviously activity is a good thing and in 2014, '15 and '16, Joe fought five times a year. This year we have already fought once and Hughie has been inactive. That will bring challenges for him but the guy is fresh and young. I am sure that the six or eight rounder they got out there - I am sure they felt they needed to get out in front of a crowd and shake out so those things will definitely favor us," explained Barry.

He also confirmed that they will take up former champion David Haye on his offer to use his gym when they move their camp from Las Vegas to the UK.

"It is great for us to have the support of someone like David Haye for us. It is definitely going to make the transition a lot easier for us. We plan on training at his gym when we are in London," Barry told

Barry and Parker have both felt for a long time that the biggest opportunities in the heavyweight division are in the UK and have been looking to fight out there for a while now.  Barry said that they are treated very well out there and that they have received several offers from people that want to help them out when they cross the pond.

"We have been offered support by a lot of people. Tony Bellew has offered his support. There have been a few other people who have reached out as well.  We are a good team and they feel comfortable with us - they don't feel threatened by us. We have a good reputation. Joe is well liked and I think this shows that by the people reaching out and offering their support," said Barry.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thack on 08-12-2017

Haye trying to sneak a title shot

Comment by mlac on 08-12-2017

At least he isnt training at Joe Gallagher gym i guess :dunno:

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