Joseph Parker is sure some Manchester fans will support him against GB’s Joe Joyce

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Peter Kavinsky

Joseph Parker teased heavyweight rival Joe Joyce, warning the Brit that part of the crowd at Manchester’s AO Arena will support him.

The pair face off in an eagerly-anticipated showdown on Saturday, where the winner will be one step closer to a world title in 2023.

While London-born Joyce is the home fighter, most of his fights have taken place in the capital and this will be his first time in Manchester.

New Zealander Parker, on the other hand, will be eyeing a fourth straight win at the arena and, having spent the better part of the last 18 months living in Morecambe, he feels a strong Lancashire follower – including “brother” Tyson Fury – will be there. there to support you. this weekend.

“This is my arena. Three wins, Hughie (Fury), Derek (Chisora) and Derek again, so I’ll do four,” Parker (30-2, 21KOs) told PA news agency.

“I know the UK fans have been very good to me, very welcoming, so I feel like this is another home for me.

“I know that when I fight one of them, they always support theirs, but there will be some that I will take as mine and they will be rooting for me.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a great show.”

This is my arena. Three wins, Hughie (Fury), Derek (Chisora) and Derek again, so I’ll do four.

Joseph Parker at the AO Arena

This will be Parker’s sixth time in the UK, with his most notable bout taking place in 2018 at Principality Stadium, where he lost on points to Anthony Joshua in a world title fight.

England have been home to the 30-year-old since the coronavirus pandemic, after he forged a strong bond with Fury, who is set to face Joshua in an all-British success story later this year, despite hinting on several previous occasions that he is retiring.

Parker said of his training partner: “Tyson is in most of the training sessions, we do runs and he is in the gym.

“He allows Andy (Lee) to teach me, coach me and create game plans, but he adds his advice when and where he can. When he’s at the gym, he brings this positive vibe and good energy, so it’s always nice to have Tyson in the gym. In your own gym which I have now made mine!

“It will be nice to see (Fury vs Joshua). Tyson has retired several times and has come back several times, but I think he will be here for a while in the boxing game. He still has a lot to give.”

Joseph Parker celebrates his victory over Derek Chisora ​​in Manchester last December (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Former WBO champion Parker has been coached by Lee since last year and has two wins out of two under the guidance of his new team.

The long-term goal for the experienced boxer is to become world champion again and whoever triumphs in Manchester will be mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk, but a rematch clause has been inserted by Joyce’s camp.

“The rematch clause I don’t think should happen unless you’re champion,” Parker insisted.

“I think they just needed to feel like they’re keeping their position as mandatory or number one, but that’s how much I support myself.

“I stopped the fight, I know what it takes to beat him, I know I can beat him and if he wants a rematch and another defeat, I’ll give him one more chance to lose again.

“The two-time world champion is further down. I can see myself being world champion again, but that’s not really the immediate goal.

“It’s being there and I know what it takes, but it’s being involved in those fights, winning those fights, winning well and being involved in exciting fights.”

If Parker manages to defeat Joyce (14-0, 13KOs), that could open the door to more fights with other British boxers and potentially revenge.

He added: “Fighting Dillian Whyte again to avenge the loss I had, or fighting Joshua would be nice, but none of this is going to work or happen if I don’t get rid of this guy first.

“Joe Joyce has 100% attention and I want to punch his face before I punch his faces.”

:: BT Sport Box Office will show Joe Joyce vs. Joseph Parker exclusively live on Saturday, September 24th. Learn more at

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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