Joseph Parker surprised by Botha's weight

BEN STANLEY
Last updated 15:23 12/06/2013
Joseph Parker and Francois Botha
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GOOD TO GO: Joseph Parker and Francois Botha face-off at today's weigh-in ahead of their clash tomorrow night.

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Boxers Joseph Parker and Francois Botha have made their final weigh-ins ahead of tomorrow night's heavyweight clash in West Auckland.

Parker, 21, weighed in at 102.9 kg, while his out-spoken South African opponent measured up at a hefty 116.5 kg at Trusts Stadium, where the fight will take place.

Parker, who recently returned from a two-month training camp in Las Vegas with Kevin Barry, wasn't concerned with the 13.6 kilogram difference. He admitted that he actually thought Botha, 44, would have been heavier.

''He's a bit trimmer than before,'' he said.

''He told me he was going to be ready for the fight. He told everyone he would be ready for the fight, and that he doesn't want to lose to Baby Joseph. If he's comfortable with that weight, he's come prepared.''

The 1.97m tall Parker said he intends to use his height advantage over the 1.88m Botha.

''Botha is a bit shorter than me, so I'll use the jab in the beginning and hopefully work away at him from a distance,'' he said.

In the undercard fights, Arlene Blencowe weighted in at 64.5 kg and opponent Daniella Smith weighed in at 63.20 for their WIBA Light Welterweight and WBF World Welterweight title fight.

Blencowe was a kilogram too heavy for the WIBA belt regulations - but has until late this afternoon to be re-weighed.

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