Kevin Barry a 'cog' in Parker's team

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Last updated 05:00 19/05/2013
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KEVIN BARRY: "Life's good. Now I'm back doing what I love - what is my passion, working with young fighters. So I'm highly motivated at the moment, and very pumped with my life."
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BIG IMPROVEMENTS: Joseph Parker says he is a fitter and smarter boxer ahead of his fight with Francois Botha.

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Thr spotlight in recent weeks has centred on the new trainer-boxer combination of Kevin Barry and Joseph Parker but Parker himself says Barry is simply an addition to his big team rather than the key man to his future as a heavyweight.

Auckland-based company Duco Events has already invested plenty of time and money in the 21-year-old as it looks for a return in promoting Parker's bouts over the coming years with the hope he can realise his potential and rise up the ranks.

One of the first moves Duco Events made was to employ fitness guru Lee Parore, who has previously been entrusted with getting David Tua into shape for the 2009 showdown with Shane Cameron.

However the appointment that has caused the most attention has been the Las Vegas-based Barry, who is a former Olympic silver medallist but is better known for an ugly fallout while managing Tua.

Parker told Fairfax Media soon after his latest professional win over Kiwi Brice Ritani-Coe in Los Angels on Friday (NZ time) that his combination with Barry had certainly clicked.

However, he added Barry was just another cog in a big wheel as far as his development as a boxer.

"Kevin's trained a lot of top fighters and he's a good trainer and throughout the first three or four weeks - probably the first week - we got a bond with each other.

"All I was doing [against Ritani-Coe] was just doing the game plan, fighting, and listening to what [Barry] said. Going back to the corner listening, staying relaxed and trying my best to act on what he was saying.

"We have worked well together but we've got another team back in New Zealand waiting to hear the result. When I get back there I'll work with them and when I come back here I'll work with Kevin again. It's a big team trying to get me in the best possible shape . . .

"Kevin's just another addition to the team we have in New Zealand, Maselino Masoe and Lee Parore."

There has been little rest for Parker following his unanimous points decision win over Ritani-Cole, as the training is again ramped up for the June 13 showdown with Frans Botha in Auckland.

"This was my holiday, tapering down from training for this.

"The fight was time for me to enjoy myself and practise what I have learned.

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"I've got to get back into it and prepare for Botha.

"I can't take him lightly."

- Sunday News

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