Scales tip heavily in Joseph Parker's favour

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 14:58 04/07/2014
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Heavyweight boxers Joseph Parker and Brian Minto weigh in before their fight.

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HEAVY DUTY: Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker tipped the scales seven kilos heavier than Brian Minto ahead of their bout.

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Already the bigger man, Joseph Parker will take an additional seven kilogram weight advantage into tomorrow night's anticipated showdown with Brian Minto in Manukau.

Despite dropping six kg since his last seventh round TKO win over Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento in April, Parker still holds a significant height, reach and weight advantage after today tipping the scales at a trim 102.6kg. 

Minto also cut a lean figure at 95.05kg but the American veteran will need to use all his experience to counter the physical challenges.

Through a training regime in Las Vegas that focuses on cardio and plyometrics - sparring 60 less rounds than in his build-up to Nascimento - Parker aims to dominate the mobile and aggressive Minto, who stopped Shane Cameron in the seventh round last December.

"The weight is never an issue, but when we increase the road work and put the weights down he was always going to be a lot leaner," Parker's trainer, Kevin Barry, said.

"We're fighting a very busy, aggressive fighter who is going to keep coming while it lasts.

"I see a lot of similarities between the [Francois] Botha fight a year ago and this. I believe this will be another coming out fight for Joe, only another year on in his career.

"He's a much more accomplished, skilled and mature fighter. I'm very confident of the right result and a tremendous performance in a fight that will take us another step in the heavyweight ladder."

There will also be interest in a number of undercard fights.

New Zealand's premier light heavyweight boxer Robert Berridge (23-1) will be out to prove a point against unknown Brazilian Rogerio Damasco (12-1), who questioned the Kiwi's defensive capabilities today.

Australian welterweight champion Jeff Horn is also keen to impress New Zealand audiences for the first time. The London Olympian is expected to have too much class for Brazilian Fernando Ferreira de Silva, who makes his first foray outside his homeland.  

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