Trainer: Parker would do better against Joshua

The trainer of Kiwi boxer Joseph Parker said his fighter would perform much better in a fight against Anthony Joshua following his struggle to dispatch Hughie Fury in their WBO heavyweight title fight at the weekend.

Kevin Barry made the claim after Parker struggled to finish Fury in their fight in Manchester, Parker eventually winning by a majority decision to retain his belt.

“One thing is for sure,” Barry said, “we won’t have to go looking for Joshua. He’s going to be right there in our face.”

Reports suggest a Joshua-Parker fight is being lined up for July at London’s Wembley Stadium with talks already underway.

Parker struggled throughout with Fury’s movement, but the Brit lost the fight because he lacked any offensive threat.

“I wanted Joe to work the double jab a lot more. We actually spent the whole training camp throwing thousands of body shots. Joe sort of went a wee bit away from that. I think Joe actually got a little reckless in the early rounds. He realised as soon as he got out there that Hughie never had the power to get his respect. Hughie was never going to be able to hurt him.”

Parker is reportedly interested in a warm-up fight against Japanese fighter Kyotaro Fujimoto before hopefully taking on Joshua in a unification bout, a fight Barry said would suit his man.

“I think Joseph matches up very well against Joshua and styles make fights,” Barry said.

“I’ve also thought his particular style will suit us. That’s a fight we would love to be involved in.”

WBA, IBF and IBO champion Joshua last fought in April when he beat former champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

The 27-year-old Brit (19-0, 19 KOs) will fight Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KOs) on October 28 in Cardiff.