Joseph Parker's title defence against Hughie Fury 'probably' Kiwi boxer's last fight in New Zealand
Joseph Parker says his looming world title defence against Hughie Fury may well be his last fight in New Zealand.
Kiwi heavyweight Parker is set to defend his WBO belt against British fighter Fury in Auckland on May 6.
The unbeaten 25-year-old from South Auckland has claimed 18 of his 22 professional wins in New Zealand, the other four coming in the US (two times), Germany and Samoa.
But, as he arrived back in his home country from his Las Vegas training base on Saturday, Parker confirmed his 19th pro bout in New Zealand was likely to be his final one.
"Probably this is the last time I will be doing this," he said, no doubt with a view towards clashes against the likes of the other heavyweight belt holders, Brit Anthony Joshua and American Deontay Wilder.
"After this fight we are looking at fighting in different countries and all around the world so we have to establish ourselves in different areas.
"I am going to make the most of this last opportunity to fight here in New Zealand."
Parker, who claimed the WBO crown with a majority decision win against Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland on December 10 last year, had touched down in Auckland exactly two weeks before his fight against Fury.
That time-frame had become standard procedure for the Parker camp during the past four years, allowing the heavy-handed Kiwi time to acclimatise back to New Zealand conditions after weeks spent preparing in Las Vegas.
Parker cut his holiday in New Zealand and Samoa short to return to Las Vegas almost three months ago and said his last week of preparation had been "amazing".
"Great sparring, great training, pad work, bag work, skipping, all of that so just let me show you what I've been doing in training in the ring when it comes May 6."
Parker was, however, less convinced by the preparation being employed by the Fury camp.
Fury was due to hold a press conference in Auckland on Wednesday next week but was yet to confirm his actual date of arrival.
Last week it was revealed the challenger and his management were making last-ditch attempts to secure the millions of dollars likely required to avoid a trip to New Zealand and instead host the fight in Fury's home town of Manchester.
Barry said he was surprised the Furys were leaving it so late to arrive from the other side of the world, while Parker indicated it could be a hindrance to his opponent come fight night.
"He's never done jet-lag before, so for someone who hasn't done it before, they should be down here acclimatising to the time and all sorts of stuff like that.
"I've done it before so I know what it takes to get my body used to it and I know I will be ready so I'm not sure how they'll react to it but let's see what happens."