Joyce vows to be ‘too much’ for Parker in heavyweight clash

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Joe Joyce acknowledges Joseph Parker has the advantage of experience, but the Briton insisted he would overwhelm the former world heavyweight champion on Saturday night.

While Joyce has won all of his 14 professional fights, his resume doesn’t carry as much weight as Parker, who has shared the ring with Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr, Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora.

Only Joshua and Whyte have their hands raised against Parker, but Joyce is looking for a British hat-trick against the New Zealander when the duo face off at Manchester’s AO Arena this weekend.

Along with the height and reach advantages, Joyce boasted that his all-around skills will overpower Parker, who is coached by Andy Lee and trains with Tyson Fury at the WBC heavyweight champion’s base in Morecambe.

Joyce told the PA news agency: “I’m prepared and ready for the best Joseph Parker. I certainly don’t take him lightly as he is a very skilled fighter. It’s going to be tough in there.

“He looked really good (in his last fight) against Chisora ​​(last December), strong and powerful. I’m sure he and Andy Lee, and with Tyson Fury in his ear, will bring out the best in him.

“It’s my biggest fight to date. But with my work rate, power, stamina and punching power, I think I’ll be too much for him.

While Joyce is a marginal favorite to prevail and claim the vacant WBO interim title, he is used to adversity having upended the odds of beating fellow Briton Daniel Dubois in November 2020.

Joyce said: “Everyone thought I was going to lose to Dubois, but beating him put me really high on the ladder. I think that scale is a little smaller with Parker, but it cements me at that elite level.

Joyce weighed in at 271 pounds, 6 ounces on Friday afternoon, with Parker weighing in at 255 pounds, 4 ounces, a career high for both fighters.

The winner of this showdown will aim for a world title later this year or in 2023, with Parker seeking a second tilt after reigning as WBO champion between December 2016 and March 2018.

While he’s had 32 pro contests, Parker is just 30 – seven years younger than Joyce – and is aware he has time on his side to add to his legacy.

Parker told PA: “I feel like I’ve been in boxing age. I feel like one of the older ones, but I’m actually one of the younger ones.

“I still have a lot to give to boxing. I think four or five years, but it’s going to be four or five years of concentration and giving everything.”

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