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Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Dimitrenko Finalized For October 1

As far as big challenges go, they don't come much bigger for Joseph Parker than Alexander Dimitrenko.

The Ukrainian was confirmed as Parker's next opponent, with the two due to meet on October 1 in a 12-round bout at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, the same venue where Parker beat Carlos Takam to secure the IBF No 1 mandatory position in May.

Dimitrenko, at 2.01m, will have a 9cm height advantage and an 18cm reach advantage when they step into the ring. The 34-year-old has a 38-2 record, with 24 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

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He's on a six-fight winning streak and is literally a step up for Parker and has been signed specifically to prepare the New Zealander to fight the 1.98m Anthony Joshua.

Parker, as IBF No 1 mandatory, is due to take on Joshua next year for the IBF title if he can safely navigate his way past Dimitrenko, who is a former European heavyweight champion.

"Dimitrenko is a guy who former world champion Shannon Briggs went out of his way to avoid earlier this year because of the risk," said Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. "Even casual boxing fans know that all Eastern Europeans in the heavyweight division know how to fight".

Dimitrenko's career has closely mirrored that of fellow Ukrainians, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. He's spent most of his career fighting out of Germany and has also trained with the late Fritz Sdunek, who turned both Klitschkos into world champions.

At 2.01m, he is as big as Vitali and, among his victories, is one against Ron Purrity, who knocked out Wladimir Klitschko in 1998.

It is more than four years ago since Dimitrenko's last loss, against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who is ranked two places higher than Parker on independent website boxrec.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SouthPawHitman on 07-26-2016

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;16897886]Ugonoh is an absolute monster. Kid has some freak power and a real mean streak in the ring. Big fan![/QUOTE] Agreed. He's a warrior without a doubt.

Comment by Kell Mercury on 07-26-2016

[QUOTE=joe strong;16898670]You call Price & Molina "Glorified Bums" but Dimitrenko isn't a terrible stay busy fight? Dimitrenko is right beside them as glorified bums if that is what you call the other guys. I'd take Molina & Price over Dimitrenko.…

Comment by Kell Mercury on 07-26-2016

[QUOTE=BodiesInFlight;16898756]I'd much rather Pulev than Stiverne. I think Stiverne is completely done at this point now and at least Pulev is coming off a half decent win.[/QUOTE] Stiverne although lazy is a powerful counter puncher. Pulev lacks power but has…

Comment by BigZ44 on 07-26-2016

Dimitrenko is not quite what he was a few years ago, but he's still a big dude with some pop. Would be Parkers second best win behind Takam imo. No qualms with this fight as they look for guys to…

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 07-26-2016

Good night, Alex!

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