Lennox Lewis Examines The Flaws of Joseph Parker

Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis has analyzed the stylistic flaws of Joseph Parker.

At 26 years old, the WBO world champion Parker has suffered back to back defeats.

Back in April, Parker lost his world title when he dropped a twelve round unanimous decision in a high stakes unification with Anthony Joshua.

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And then last month, Parker lost a twelve round decision to Dillian Whyte.

During the contest, Parker gave away a lot of rounds and he was dropped for the first time in his career. He rallied in the championship rounds and nearly stopped Whyte in the closing moments of the twelfth - but it was too little, too late.

Lewis, 52, explained that Parker is relatively easy to hit, and that his right hand is too easily read by opponents.

But the Hall of Fame fighter believes those flaws are fixable - if Parker takes the necessary steps to make that possible.

"Good fighters can really take advantage of that - and they did," Lewis told the New Zealand Herald. "And one of the big problems is that he moves straight back. He doesn't give you angles, and a blind man can basically weather two punches from Joseph Parker and throw four punches back and will hit him because he only moves back in the same space.

"These things can be fixed, he just needs the proper training. I'm not saying that he has a bad trainer, he just needs someone to teach him a couple of things. He can still be with his trainer, he just needs to learn.

"It's like golf, if you start off bad that's just the way you're going to be doing it. It's more about re-programming himself and then working on that. I had to do that, that's what made me a five-dimensional fighter. In the fight I can change my style."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ggallin7 on 09-05-2018

i'd luv to see parker with teddy atlas, i remember that inspirational pep talk atlas gave povetkin n his corner during the chagev fight, which seemed to motivate povetkin to win that fight

Comment by ggallin7 on 09-05-2018

lewis said parker is easy to hit, he was in the whyte fight but he was anything but easy to hit in the joshua fight,and his defence was good to

Comment by ggallin7 on 09-05-2018

[QUOTE=Scopedog;19072465]I think his stamina in the Whyte fight was a pretty damning indictment of his preparation, he was gassed by the halfway point and was getting easily outworked by Whyte, who's not exactly the model of a well-honed athlete himself.…

Comment by Rubber Ducky on 09-05-2018

[QUOTE=Tom Cruise;19062338]His biggest issue to me is trying fight as a back foot counterpuncher when he isn’t [I]that[/I] tall and he’s got dwarf arms. He looked better as a prospect when he was aggressive behind a short jab throwing combos.…

Comment by Scopedog on 09-05-2018

[QUOTE=archiemoore1;19063028]parker always has a layer of fat over his muscles. it makes me wonder how he trains and eats. some heavyweight today seem flabby[/QUOTE] I think his stamina in the Whyte fight was a pretty damning indictment of his preparation,…

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