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Malik Scott: Parker Has Totally Different Power After Surgery

By Marc Williams, courtesy of The Daily Star

JOSEPH PARKER’s power is at its highest level ever ahead of his blockbuster bout against Anthony Joshua this weekend.

That’s according to the WBO champion's main sparring partner Malik Scott, who reckons Parker’s elbow is now fully fit and ready to fire against Joshua in Cardiff.

Parker has struggled with an elbow injury in recent years and had to deal with the problem during his most-recent win against Hughie Fury last September.

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The 26-year-old has now overcome that issue and is set to put his title on the line against AJ’s IBO, WBA 'super' and IBF crowns on Saturday.

Veteran heavyweight Scott has been helping Parker hone his skills ahead of fight and insists the New Zealander is at his absolute optimum.

Scott told Sky Sports: “When he was getting ready for Fury, there was times in sparring where we were having to stop.

"I don't think that the elbow, the shoulder, none of that is an issue right now. The only thing that's an issue, the most important thing, is there are two young lions, two great champions, and they want to rock. I cannot wait to see it.

“[Parker has a] totally different power now. I will say the last time it was like 70 percent to me. Right now it's at 120.

"The reason why I say that is, because I come from a perspective of Joseph Parker never had thudding power. He's always had accurate power. The speed slowed down because of the elbow.

"Now that the elbow is fixed, the speed is back up, which means it gets to the target quicker. Which means you don't see the shots coming, which causes more pain, and more knockouts."

Parker insists he is more than ready for his date with destiny as he comes face-to-face with Joshua on Saturday.

The Kiwi said: “I’m sharp all around - I feel good and I feel ready, really ready.

"It's been a great camp and we've done a lot of great work. We've actually kept sharp in David Haye's gym, doing the right things - eating well, keeping healthy, sleeping good. We're on track now.

"As it's the final week we're going to maintain what we've worked so hard for and what we've done in the gym. We want to keep sharp, keep loose and just prepare for March 31.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 03-28-2018

I hope Parker is better than he was in the Hughie fight. And I hope his confidence is truly up in the stratosphere so high he takes some big chances. All the more chance we see him stretched out KO'd…

Comment by AdonisCreed on 03-28-2018

How does Malik Scott know that he's upgraded to 120%??? Is there some machine that links up to someone and gives a health percent increase?? Who's to say Parker is only at 78 or 88%?? I'll come up with my…

Comment by Boksfan on 03-28-2018

How would Malik know anything about power? He got never punched in his life.

Comment by Jim Tom on 03-28-2018

JP can run but he can't hide. AJ will get him sooner or later and he will taste the canvass.

Comment by GlassJoey on 03-28-2018

Malik Scott is one of the worst HW I’ve ever seen so I would only have him in to practice against a fleeing opponent or as a punchbag

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