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BOXXER Fighter Profiles: Joseph Parker

Former heavyweight champion of the world, Joseph Parker's combination of speed, aggression and seemingly granite chin making him one of the most popular heavyweights on the circuit.

Introducing 'Lupesoliai La'auliolemalietoa' Joseph Parker...

Tale of the Tape

NameJoseph Parker 
Nickname'Lupesoliai La'auliolemalietoa'
NationNew Zealand
Place of BirthSouth Auckland, New Zealand
Age31
Weight DivisionHeavyweight
StanceOrthodox
Height6ft 4in
Professional Fights34
Professional Wins31
Knockouts21
Professional Losses3

Joseph Parker on Joe Joyce, Tyson Fury 'bromance', Andy Lee and world title aspirations - read our exclusive interview with New Zealand's finest here 

Professional Boxing Record

Joseph Parker has a professional boxing record of 34-3-0. Parker's most notable fights include:

  • Joe Joyce (L - KO) - 24th September 2022, AO Arena, Manchester. (For vacant WBO interim heavyweight title) 
  • Derek Chisora II (W - UD) - 18th December 2021, AO Arena, Manchester. (Retained WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title)
  • Derek Chisora II(W - SD) - 1st May 2021, AO Arena, Manchester. (Won WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title)
  • Anthony Joshua (L - UD) - 31st March 2018, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. (Lost WBO heavyweight title) 
  • Andy Ruiz Jr. (W - MD) - 10th December 2016, Vector Arena, Auckland. (Won vacant WBO heavyweight title)

Getting to know... Joseph Parker 

We sat down with Joseph Parker to talk all things boxing...

Who are your favourite fighters of all time?

My favourite fighters are from our side of the world - David Tua, Maselino Masoe and Shane Cameron. I looked up to them, and how they made it on the world stage. We have now become friends.

What is your favourite fight in your career so far?

My favourite fight was with Andy Ruiz. It was a close and tough fight but I was happy I got the win and became WBO champion of the world.

What Would you say is your best attribute in boxing?

Hand speed. 

Do you have any interesting pre-fight superstitions or rituals?

Pre-fight I play games with the team, go for a team walk, mostly staying relaxed and then doing a team prayer before walking to the ring. 

What is your ultimate goal in boxing?

To enjoy every day in camp, enjoy the process leading into a fight, make the most of fight week and fight day to do my best and keep winning - if I can do that it would be great to fight for a world title again. 

Joseph Parker in action against Derek Chisora during their WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title fight at the AO Arena, Manchester, 18th December, 2021.

Parker also gave us an exclusive insight into his interests outside of the ring...

Who are your favourite music artists? 

I like Poetik, Bkidd, Pieter T, Scribe and Six60.

Where is your favourite holiday destination?

I love travelling to a lot of places - Fiji, Hawaii and Dubai for example, but most of all I love going to Samoa every year. 

Who is your favourite sportsperson outside of boxing?

There's a few I like - Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand rugby international), Izzy Adesanya (MMA fighter) and also Dan Carter (former New Zealand rugby star). There are plenty more but I'll leave it at that! 

Next fight

Joseph Parker currently has no fights pencilled in, but following a recent victory against Jack Massey it looks like the heavweight is back on track to work his way towards another title shot. 

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