Joseph Parker is tipped to dispose of Brian Minto by the man who has helped prime the rising Kiwi heavyweight for the July 5 clash in Auckland.
Brice Ritani-Coe returned from Las Vegas to prove a force at last week's Super 8 contest, making it through to the semifinals after upsetting American Alonzo Butler in his opening fight.
Ritani-Coe sparred with Parker for more than 30 rounds in Vegas before travelling south. The sessions had mutual benefit, with both fighters preparing for major action.
Ritani-Coe reports that Parker is looking good for his clash with Minto, the no-nonsense American who destroyed Shane Cameron late last year.
"Joseph is in good shape. We did a lot of rounds together which helped me and I feel I've helped him," Ritani-Coe said.
"It will be an interesting one against Minto, but I think Joe will be OK - he's slick, he's quick.
"Minto is tough and comes forward non-stop and he's going all the time. But I think Joe is fitter and faster and that will tell."
Minto (29 wins and seven losses) has been taunting the unbeaten Parker on social media, talking up his training and assuring the 22-year-old he will have a tough night.
- Sunday News
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