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Parker's Coach Wants Him Lighter, More Mobile for Joshua

A few days ago, trainer Rob McCracken discussed his plan to ensure that his star fighter, Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), would be lighter for his next contest.

Joshua was a career-high 254-pounds when he retained his IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles last October with a tenth round stoppage of Carlos Takam. In the later stages of the fight, Joshua appeared to slow down, he looked tired and was breathing hard.

The next fight for him is likely world title unification with WBO world champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, has the same strategy in mind.

He would like to see his boxer as much as 14-pounds lighter for the upcoming contest. Parker was 245-pounds for last September's decision win over Hughie Fury. The weight was the third highest of Parker's career.

Barry wants Parker to be in the 230-235-pound range - to ensure he has the proper mobility for Joshua.

It's obvious that Barry does not want Parker to stand right in front of Joshua, and will likely have his fighter on the move while looking to counter Joshua - who is usually a come forward puncher with plenty of aggression.

"I can't speak for Anthony Joshua, but I can speak for Joseph Parker, and yes we'll come in lighter for this fight," Barry told Sky Sports. "I think it's very important that Joe is very fast on his feet and very mobile in this fight against Joshua.

"You never really can tell what sort of weight [Joshua is] going to be, but I know Joseph Parker will definitely be coming in a little lighter than he was for the Hughie Fury fight. We've been planning for this day. We've been thinking about this fight, we've been visualising Joe in the ring with Joshua. The styles of these guys match up very, very well."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sid-Knee on 01-14-2018

I knew they were going to use those tactics and run. Parker is going on the back-foot and is going to stay out of trouble hoping to survive the 12 rounds. Problem is, Parker is **** on the back-foot and…

Comment by pollywog on 01-14-2018

Samoan body types dont tend toward being muscularly defined nor needing of PEDS for a boost. Mark Hunt anyone ?... lol

Comment by Johnston on 01-14-2018

Parker gets chubbier and chubbier fight after fight, it's smart to think about getting rid of some of the extra fat. Hes gonna have to use his feet and hand speed to his advantage

Comment by pollywog on 01-14-2018

No way Parker gets KO'd! Hasn't happened yet and there's no reason to believe a lighter AJ can do it if Oilskin's defense is up to scratch. Having said that, Joe is open to an uppercut when he throws overhand…

Comment by RedPath on 01-14-2018

"I think it's very important that Joe is very fast on his feet..." Oh, you got that right :lol1:

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