Joseph Parker: “I have to do my best to bash him up”

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Joseph Parker 25-2 (19) is looking for another dominant performance against former world title challenger Alex Leapai 32-7-4 (26) when the pair meet at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on June 29.

The fight will be the first bout of a three-fight deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

Parker has had to make some late adjustments for Australian-Samoan Leapai, who is a late replacement for Eric Molina.

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But Parker is aiming for the same result, a knockout victory on the back of his three-round demolition job of American-Mexican Alexander Flores last December.

The 39-year-old Leapai has fought five times since his unsuccessful bid for the world heavyweight championship against Wladimir Klitschko in 2014 for two wins, two losses and a draw.

Parker is expecting Leapai to start fast and is predicting a firefight in the early rounds.

“Alex is very dangerous in the beginning of the fight, so for three to five rounds he will be very dangerous with big overhand rights and left hooks,” Parker told the BoxHard podcast.

“I’m looking to break him down and knock him out.”

Despite their shared Samoan heritage, Parker says he will be pushing that to one side come fight night.

“I have to do my best to bash him up,” he said.

Parker has only ever lost to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte and remains keen to avenge those defeats, but first he must get past Leapai.

“We have other possibilities on fighting on this card and that card. But we can’t focus on any of that until we take care of business first,” Parker said.

“There are a lot of good fights to be made, as long as we take care of business. Recent results have opened the division up.”

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