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Joseph Parker-Sherman Williams Set For October 16

By Duncan Johnstone

Rising New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker will finally get to fire his shots against Sherman "The Tank" Williams.

The durable fighter from the Bahamas was confirmed today as Parker's opponent for his October 16 bout in West Auckland.

Parker was due to fight Williams in April on the Wladimir Klitschko undercard in Germany.

But Williams, who was a sparring partner for Klitschko, was tossed out of the world champion's camp and sent home, leaving Parker to dispose of late substitute Marcelo Nascimento (Brazil) with a seventh round knockout on the glamour night in Oberhausen.

Williams felt hard done-by and voiced a desire to get a crack at Parker. His wish has now been granted.

Promoted as a durable journeyman who has only been knocked out once in 52 fights, Williams faces a tough night against Parker who is making rapid progress in the pro ranks, revelling in a heavy workload being thrown at him by trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events.

While Williams hasn't fought since last November, Parker faces another fight before their showdown at Trusts Stadium.

Parker, fresh off last Saturday's knockout win over American Brian Minto, will fight an opponent still to be named in Pennsylvania on August 10 on the undercard of a promotion headed by well-regarded Ukranian heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov.

New Zealand light-heavyweight Robbie Berridge will also feature on the Pennsylvania card, fighting Russian Vasily Lepikhin.

Lepikhin is unbeaten over 15 fights and holds the Russian title. His handlers see Berridge, who is ranked No 10 by the WBO, has an ideal chance for their man to make a quick advance.

The 1.92m Lepikhin will have a height and reach advantage but Berridge will back the punching power that has seen him win 20 of his 26 fights by knockout.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dan_cov on 07-09-2014

If The Tank is in shape this is a real test. Depends on The Tank for me whether he is in shape and comes too win or just coming for one last paycheque

Comment by joe strong on 07-09-2014

this a decent fight for parker but he has an upcoming bout in the states in august so maybe booking this fight is premature. i'm assuming the august fight will be of average caliber but still the chance for a…

Comment by Slowhand on 07-09-2014

Good match up for Parker. All he has to do is use his speed and avoid making any stupid mistakes. Williams is tough and he´ll probably give Parker some valuable rounds to teach the kid some patience. Parker by wide…

Comment by Accountoffline on 07-09-2014

Will be another easy fight for him but he's only had 9 fights so 10th fight against a guy who only really lost to the likes of Chagaev, Helenius, and Charr is not bad. This kid is active and i'm…

Comment by yoz on 07-09-2014

Nice step up for Parker. He looks very promising.

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